Problem: Do each calculation and give the answers to the correct number of significant figures.1.8610-2 + 310-4 - 3.110-3

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Calculations and Significant Figures

  • Multiplication/Division: Measurement with least number of significant figures determines the final answer
  • Addition/Subtraction: Measurement with the least number of decimal places determines final answer        

                                                        

1.86 x 10-2 → 2 decimal places                     

3 x 10-4 least decimal place (0)                 

3.1 x 10-3  → 1 decimal place                      

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Do each calculation and give the answers to the correct number of significant figures.

1.8610-2 + 310-4 - 3.110-3

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