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Rules For Significant Figures
1. You can estimate one significant figure past the smallest division on an analog measuring device
2. Every non-zero digit is significant ex. 24.7 – 3 sig figs
3. Zeros between non- zeros are significant ex. 24.0007 – 6 sig figs
4. Left most zeros in front of non-zeros are NOT SIGNIFICANT ex. 0.0099 – 2 sig figs
5. Zeros past a number to the right of a decimal are significant Ex. 43.00 – 4 sig figs
6. Zeros before understood decimals are NOT SIGNIFICANT ex. 100 – 1 sig fig
7. Zeros before indicated decimal are significant ex. 100. – 3 sig figs
8. Counts and exact quantities are infinitely significant ex. 12 eggs in a dozen 5280 ft in 1 mile
9. Adding and subtracting – retain as many places to the right of the decimal as the original number with the least
10. Multiplying and dividing– retain as many significant figures as the original number with the least
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