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## What Are Significant Figures?

The graphic below demonstrates significant figures. The first significant figure is 1 and the 3rd significant figure is zero. The 5th significant figure is also zero. After the decimal point the next number is also known as tenth. For the number 1508.06, rounding to the nearest 5th significant figure would give the same answer as rounding to the nearest tenth or the first decimal place .

The graphic below shows the answers when 3208, 5.75 and 0.5285 are rounded to 1 significant figure, 2 significant figures and 3 significant figures respectively.

## Rounding to Significant Figures

The image below shows the number 0.01704. When the number starts with zero then the zero is not significant. When rounding the number 0.01704 to the first significant figure we ignore the zeros. The answer is 0.02, because 7, which is the next number, is greater than 5.

The image below shows the answers when 3875, 6.254 and 0.07109 are rounded to 1 significant figure and 2 significant figures.

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This worksheet includes 70 questions + answers for students to practice all the skills related to working with significant figures in high school and college:

• Determining the Number of Significant Digits
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• Addition and Subtraction with Significant Digits
• Multiplication and Division with Significant Digits

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## Significant Figures Quiz

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• 1.6 Significant Figures
• Introduction
• 1.1 The Scope and Scale of Physics
• 1.2 Units and Standards
• 1.3 Unit Conversion
• 1.4 Dimensional Analysis
• 1.5 Estimates and Fermi Calculations
• 1.7 Solving Problems in Physics
• Key Equations
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• 2.1 Scalars and Vectors
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• 2.3 Algebra of Vectors
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• 3.1 Position, Displacement, and Average Velocity
• 3.2 Instantaneous Velocity and Speed
• 3.3 Average and Instantaneous Acceleration
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• 3.5 Free Fall
• 3.6 Finding Velocity and Displacement from Acceleration
• 4.1 Displacement and Velocity Vectors
• 4.2 Acceleration Vector
• 4.3 Projectile Motion
• 4.4 Uniform Circular Motion
• 4.5 Relative Motion in One and Two Dimensions
• 5.2 Newton's First Law
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• 5.5 Newton’s Third Law
• 5.6 Common Forces
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• 11.1 Rolling Motion
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## Learning Objectives

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

• Determine the correct number of significant figures for the result of a computation.
• Describe the relationship between the concepts of accuracy, precision, uncertainty, and discrepancy.
• Calculate the percent uncertainty of a measurement, given its value and its uncertainty.
• Determine the uncertainty of the result of a computation involving quantities with given uncertainties.

Figure 1.11 shows two instruments used to measure the mass of an object. The digital scale has mostly replaced the double-pan balance in physics labs because it gives more accurate and precise measurements. But what exactly do we mean by accurate and precise ? Aren’t they the same thing? In this section we examine in detail the process of making and reporting a measurement.

## Accuracy and Precision of a Measurement

Science is based on observation and experiment—that is, on measurements. Accuracy is how close a measurement is to the accepted reference value for that measurement. For example, let’s say we want to measure the length of standard printer paper. The packaging in which we purchased the paper states that it is 11.0 in. long. We then measure the length of the paper three times and obtain the following measurements: 11.1 in., 11.2 in., and 10.9 in. These measurements are quite accurate because they are very close to the reference value of 11.0 in. In contrast, if we had obtained a measurement of 12 in., our measurement would not be very accurate. Notice that the concept of accuracy requires that an accepted reference value be given.

The precision of measurements refers to how close the agreement is between repeated independent measurements (which are repeated under the same conditions). Consider the example of the paper measurements. The precision of the measurements refers to the spread of the measured values. One way to analyze the precision of the measurements is to determine the range, or difference, between the lowest and the highest measured values. In this case, the lowest value was 10.9 in. and the highest value was 11.2 in. Thus, the measured values deviated from each other by, at most, 0.3 in. These measurements were relatively precise because they did not vary too much in value. However, if the measured values had been 10.9 in., 11.1 in., and 11.9 in., then the measurements would not be very precise because there would be significant variation from one measurement to another. Notice that the concept of precision depends only on the actual measurements acquired and does not depend on an accepted reference value.

The measurements in the paper example are both accurate and precise, but in some cases, measurements are accurate but not precise, or they are precise but not accurate. Let’s consider an example of a GPS attempting to locate the position of a restaurant in a city. Think of the restaurant location as existing at the center of a bull’s-eye target and think of each GPS attempt to locate the restaurant as a black dot. In Figure 1.12 (a), we see the GPS measurements are spread out far apart from each other, but they are all relatively close to the actual location of the restaurant at the center of the target. This indicates a low-precision, high-accuracy measuring system. However, in Figure 1.12 (b), the GPS measurements are concentrated quite closely to one another, but they are far away from the target location. This indicates a high-precision, low-accuracy measuring system.

## Accuracy, Precision, Uncertainty, and Discrepancy

The precision of a measuring system is related to the uncertainty in the measurements whereas the accuracy is related to the discrepancy from the accepted reference value. Uncertainty is a quantitative measure of how much your measured values deviate from one another. There are many different methods of calculating uncertainty, each of which is appropriate to different situations. Some examples include taking the range (that is, the largest minus the smallest) or finding the standard deviation of the measurements. Discrepancy (or “measurement error”) is the difference between the measured value and a given standard or expected value. If the measurements are not very precise, then the uncertainty of the values is high. If the measurements are not very accurate, then the discrepancy of the values is high.

Recall our example of measuring paper length; we obtained measurements of 11.1 in., 11.2 in., and 10.9 in., and the accepted value was 11.0 in. We might average the three measurements to say our best guess is 11.1 in.; in this case, our discrepancy is 11.1 – 11.0 = 0.1 in., which provides a quantitative measure of accuracy. We might calculate the uncertainty in our best guess by using half of the range of our measured values: 0.15 in. Then we would say the length of the paper is 11.1 in. plus or minus 0.15 in. The uncertainty in a measurement, A , is often denoted as δA (read “delta A ”), so the measurement result would be recorded as A ± δA . Returning to our paper example, the measured length of the paper could be expressed as 11.1 ± 0.15 in. Since the discrepancy of 0.1 in. is less than the uncertainty of 0.15 in., we might say the measured value agrees with the accepted reference value to within experimental uncertainty.

Some factors that contribute to uncertainty in a measurement include the following:

• Limitations of the measuring device
• The skill of the person taking the measurement
• Irregularities in the object being measured
• Any other factors that affect the outcome (highly dependent on the situation)

In our example, such factors contributing to the uncertainty could be the smallest division on the ruler is 1/16 in., the person using the ruler has bad eyesight, the ruler is worn down on one end, or one side of the paper is slightly longer than the other. At any rate, the uncertainty in a measurement must be calculated to quantify its precision. If a reference value is known, it makes sense to calculate the discrepancy as well to quantify its accuracy.

## Percent uncertainty

Another method of expressing uncertainty is as a percent of the measured value. If a measurement A is expressed with uncertainty δA , the percent uncertainty is defined as

## Example 1.7

Calculating percent uncertainty: a bag of apples.

• Week 1 weight: 4.8 lb
• Week 2 weight: 5.3 lb
• Week 3 weight: 4.9 lb
• Week 4 weight: 5.4 lb

We then determine the average weight of the 5-lb bag of apples is 5.1 ± 0.3 lb from using half of the range. What is the percent uncertainty of the bag’s weight?

## Significance

A high school track coach has just purchased a new stopwatch. The stopwatch manual states the stopwatch has an uncertainty of ±0.05 s. Runners on the track coach’s team regularly clock 100-m sprints of 11.49 s to 15.01 s. At the school’s last track meet, the first-place sprinter came in at 12.04 s and the second-place sprinter came in at 12.07 s. Will the coach’s new stopwatch be helpful in timing the sprint team? Why or why not?

## Uncertainties in calculations

Uncertainty exists in anything calculated from measured quantities. For example, the area of a floor calculated from measurements of its length and width has an uncertainty because the length and width have uncertainties. How big is the uncertainty in something you calculate by multiplication or division? If the measurements going into the calculation have small uncertainties (a few percent or less), then the method of adding percents can be used for multiplication or division. This method states the percent uncertainty in a quantity calculated by multiplication or division is the sum of the percent uncertainties in the items used to make the calculation . For example, if a floor has a length of 4.00 m and a width of 3.00 m, with uncertainties of 2% and 1%, respectively, then the area of the floor is 12.0 m 2 and has an uncertainty of 3%. (Expressed as an area, this is 0.36 m 2 [ 12.0 m 2 × 0.03 12.0 m 2 × 0.03 ], which we round to 0.4 m 2 since the area of the floor is given to a tenth of a square meter.)

## Precision of Measuring Tools and Significant Figures

An important factor in the precision of measurements involves the precision of the measuring tool. In general, a precise measuring tool is one that can measure values in very small increments. For example, a standard ruler can measure length to the nearest millimeter whereas a caliper can measure length to the nearest 0.01 mm. The caliper is a more precise measuring tool because it can measure extremely small differences in length. The more precise the measuring tool, the more precise the measurements.

When we express measured values, we can only list as many digits as we measured initially with our measuring tool. For example, if we use a standard ruler to measure the length of a stick, we may measure it to be 36.7 cm. We can’t express this value as 36.71 cm because our measuring tool is not precise enough to measure a hundredth of a centimeter. It should be noted that the last digit in a measured value has been estimated in some way by the person performing the measurement. For example, the person measuring the length of a stick with a ruler notices the stick length seems to be somewhere in between 36.6 cm and 36.7 cm, and he or she must estimate the value of the last digit. Using the method of significant figures , the rule is that the last digit written down in a measurement is the first digit with some uncertainty . To determine the number of significant digits in a value, start with the first measured value at the left and count the number of digits through the last digit written on the right. For example, the measured value 36.7 cm has three digits, or three significant figures. Significant figures indicate the precision of the measuring tool used to measure a value.

Special consideration is given to zeros when counting significant figures. The zeros in 0.053 are not significant because they are placeholders that locate the decimal point. There are two significant figures in 0.053. The zeros in 10.053 are not placeholders; they are significant. This number has five significant figures. The zeros in 1300 may or may not be significant, depending on the style of writing numbers. They could mean the number is known to the last digit or they could be placeholders. So 1300 could have two, three, or four significant figures. To avoid this ambiguity, we should write 1300 in scientific notation as 1.3 × 10 3 , 1.3 × 10 3 , 1.30 × 10 3 , 1.30 × 10 3 , or 1.300 × 10 3 , 1.300 × 10 3 , depending on whether it has two, three, or four significant figures. Zeros are significant except when they serve only as placeholders .

## Significant figures in calculations

When combining measurements with different degrees of precision with the mathematical operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division, then the number of significant digits in the final answer can be no greater than the number of significant digits in the least-precise measured value . There are two different rules, one for multiplication and division and the other for addition and subtraction.

• For multiplication and division, the result should have the same number of significant figures as the quantity with the least number of significant figures entering into the calculation . For example, the area of a circle can be calculated from its radius using A = πr 2 . Let’s see how many significant figures the area has if the radius has only two—say, r = 1.2 m. Using a calculator with an eight-digit output, we would calculate A = π r 2 = ( 3.1415927 … ) × ( 1.2 m ) 2 = 4.5238934 m 2 . A = π r 2 = ( 3.1415927 … ) × ( 1.2 m ) 2 = 4.5238934 m 2 . But because the radius has only two significant figures, it limits the calculated quantity to two significant figures, or A = 4.5 m 2 , A = 4.5 m 2 , although π is good to at least eight digits.
• For addition and subtraction, the answer can contain no more decimal places than the least-precise measurement. Suppose we buy 7.56 kg of potatoes in a grocery store as measured with a scale with precision 0.01 kg, then we drop off 6.052 kg of potatoes at your laboratory as measured by a scale with precision 0.001 kg. Then, we go home and add 13.7 kg of potatoes as measured by a bathroom scale with precision 0.1 kg. How many kilograms of potatoes do we now have and how many significant figures are appropriate in the answer? The mass is found by simple addition and subtraction: 7.56 kg – 6.052 kg + 13.7 kg = 15.208 kg 7.56 kg – 6.052 kg + 13.7 kg = 15.208 kg Next, we identify the least-precise measurement: 13.7 kg. This measurement is expressed to the 0.1 decimal place, so our final answer must also be expressed to the 0.1 decimal place. Thus, the answer is rounded to the tenths place, giving us 15.2 kg.

## Significant figures in this text

In this text, most numbers are assumed to have three significant figures. Furthermore, consistent numbers of significant figures are used in all worked examples. An answer given to three digits is based on input good to at least three digits, for example. If the input has fewer significant figures, the answer will also have fewer significant figures. Care is also taken that the number of significant figures is reasonable for the situation posed. In some topics, particularly in optics, more accurate numbers are needed and we use more than three significant figures. Finally, if a number is exact , such as the two in the formula for the circumference of a circle, C = 2π r , it does not affect the number of significant figures in a calculation. Likewise, conversion factors such as 100 cm/1 m are considered exact and do not affect the number of significant figures in a calculation.

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