Significant Figures

Significant Figures

Postby Guest » Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:08 am

What is meaning of Significant Figures ?

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Re: Significant Figures

Postby adamsmith » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:28 am

Significant figures are defined as digits in numbers which are important to attach a required precision on the number.
Significant figures are also known as significant digits.
http://math.tutorcircle.com/number-sense/significant-figures.html

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Re: Significant Figures

Postby Elaine34 » Wed Oct 29, 2014 6:51 am

The significant figures of a number are those digits that carry meaning contributing to its precision. This includes all digits except:
- all leading zeroes
- trailing zeroes when they are merely placeholders to indicate the scale of the number
- spurious digits introduced, for example, by calculations carried out to greater precision than that of the original data.

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Re: Significant Figures

Postby leesajohnson » Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:19 am

The digits of a number that is used to express it to the required degree of accuracy, starting from the first non-zero digit.

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Re: Significant Figures

Postby ten2match » Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:43 am

What you need to know in order to Identify significant figures with concise rules
- All non-zero digits are significant.
- Zeros between non-zero digits are significant.
- Leading zeros are never significant.
- In a number with a decimal point, trailing zeros, those to the right of the last non-zero digit, are significant.
- In a number without a decimal point, trailing zeros may or may not be significant.
Sometimes more information is required for clarifing the significance of trailing zeros - additional graphical symbols or details about the errors.

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