Physics 8-14-12 Measuring in Physics, continued…

PHYSICS: Did you remember sig figs? All this SI and calculations stuff will come back to you before you know it. One last thing we didn’t get to in class today – what about sig figs in calculations?

When you multiply or divide, the number in the problem with the fewest sig figs determines the number of sig figs in the answer. When you add/subtract, the number in the problem with the lowest decimal value determines the place of the last sig fig in the answer. And remember, you never go by counting numbers or conversion factors.Don’t forget to show all your work!

Now, let’s see you put it all together in the lab tomorrow! πŸ™‚

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16 thoughts on “Physics 8-14-12 Measuring in Physics, continued…

  1. Hey guys, I couldn’t get my scanner to work (go figure), so I’m just going to post them here.

    Trial 1: 0.25 0.37 0.54 0.47 0.55 X 0.52 0.32 0.47 0.50 X
    Trial 2: 0.28 0.31 X 0.50 0.48 0.50 0.84 0.21 0.38 0.41 0.78
    Trial 3: 0.28 0.44 0.61 0.47 0.38 0.41 0.32 0.34 0.37 0.31 0.31

  2. Ms. Skinner, you said that you needed to see me about the Mystery Tube after class, but it completely slipped my mind. Can I come see you first thing tomorrow morning?

    Also, I heard someone say something about needing a converter. I’ll be glad to do that.

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