1. ## Significant Figures

my physics teacher is giving a test tomorrow on this and, no surprise, I didn't pay attention.

I know everything about sig figs (like 3.02+4.00001=7.02) but have no idea when it comes to multiplication (like 3.02*4.00001)

I'm hoping there is a standard method and that someone can tell me...

2. Originally Posted by Quick
my physics teacher is giving a test tomorrow on this and, no surprise, I didn't pay attention.

I know everything about sig figs (like 3.02+4.00001=7.02) but have no idea when it comes to multiplication (like 3.02*4.00001)

I'm hoping there is a standard method and that someone can tell me...
Multiplication, unlike addition and subtraction, has a simple rule. Figure out the significant digits in each factor. Then choose the smallest one. So if you are multiplying 3.02*4.00001 the 3.02 has 3 digits, the 4.00001 has 6 digits, so the answer will have the smaller number, 3 digits. So the answer is 12.0800302 --> 12.1

Division works the same way.

-Dan