Chemistry

posted by Pablo

I have a Chemistry question which should be very simple but I do not know what significant figures are.

Assuming the following numbers are measurements and using the rules for significant figures, determine the answer for the following calculation.

(15.5/42)*219.5=

1. 81.0059
2. 81.006
3. 81.01
4. 81.0
5. 81

The number obtained from the calculator is 81.00595238 should I just round or are significant figures something else entirely?

  1. DrBob222

    Here is a good site to read about s.f.
    http://www.chemteam.info/SigFigs/SigFigs.html

    15.5 has 3 s.f.
    42 has 2 s.f.
    219.5 has 4 s.f.
    This is a multiplication/division problem.
    So the answer may have no more than xxxx s.f.; therefore, the answer is xxxxx.

  2. Pablo

    Thanks a lot!

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