# Problem: How many significant figures are in each of the following numbers?108,700 kma) 3b) 4 c) 6 d) ambiguous

###### FREE Expert Solution

1. If your number has a decimal point move from: left to right

• Start counting once you get to your first non-zero number and keep counting until the end.

2. If your number has NO decimal point move from right to left

• Start counting once you get to your first non-zero number keep counting until the end.

108,700 km → has NO decimal point  but, has trailing zeroes

• trailing zeros with an implied decimal point → ambiguous
• zeroes after a non zero digit (before decimal point)
• can have 4, 5, or 6 sigfigs
91% (228 ratings) ###### Problem Details

How many significant figures are in each of the following numbers?

108,700 km

a) 3

b) 4

c) 6

d) ambiguous

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