2SI (systeme internationale) Physical QuantityUnitSymbolLengthMetremMassKilogramkgTimeSecondsTemperatureKelvinKAmount of substanceMolemolElectric currentAmpereALuminous intensityCandelacd
3Precision: to describe how well a group of measurements made of the same object or event under the same conditions actually do agree with one another.These points are precise with one another but not accurate.
4Accuracy: represents the closeness of a measurement to the true value. Ex: the bullseye would be the true value, so these points are accurate.
5Using sig figs: The Rules! Digits from 1-9 are always significant.Zeros between two other significant digits are always significantOne or more additional zeros to the right of both the decimal place and another significant digit are significant.Zeros used solely for spacing the decimal point (placeholders) are not significant.
6EXAMPLES# OF SIG. FIG.COMMENT453kg3All non-zero digits are always significant.5057L4Zeros between 2 sig. fig. are significant.5.00Additional zeros to the right of decimal and a sig. fig. are significant.0.0071Placeholders are not sig. fig
7Multiplying and Dividing RULE: your answer may only show as many sig figs as the multiplied or divided measurement showing the least number of significant digits.Example: cm x 3.10 cm = 69.3 only 3 sig figs allowed.
8Adding and Subtracting: RULE: your answer can only show as many decimal places as the measurement having the fewest number of decimal places.Example:3.76 g g g = 20.7 g
9Scientific NotationScientists have developed a shorter method to express very large numbers.Scientific Notation is based on powers of the base number 10.
10123,000,000,000 in s.n. is 1.23 x 1011The first number 1.23 is called the coefficient. It must be betweenThe second number is called the base . The base number 10 is always written in exponent form. In the number 1.23 x 1011 the number 11 is referred to as the exponent or power of ten.
11To write a large number in scientific notation: ex: 36 000 First put the decimal after the first digit and drop the zeroes. Ex: 3.6Next, count the number of places from the decimal to the end of the number. Ex: 4Finally, put it together. Ex: 3.6 x 104
12To write a small number in s.n. ex: 0.00064 First move the decimal after the first real number and drop the zeroes. Ex: 6.4Next, count the number of places moved from the original decimal spot to the new decimal spot. Ex: 4Numbers less than 1 will have a negative exponent. Ex: -4Finally, put it together. Ex: 6.4 x 10-4