# Thread: How to distinguish a term with a true 0 and a term with a false 0?

1. ## How to distinguish a term with a true 0 and a term with a false 0?

I have a rather simple questions (I hope) As the title mentions: How can I distinguish a term with a true 0 and a term with a false 0? I am mainly looking for a definition of it, as I can't seem to find it anywhere.

Thank you very much

2. I have no clue what you mean by a "term" or what you mean by a "true 0" or a "false 0". Could you please give an example?

(If you had said "number" rather than "term" I still would not have been sure but might have guessed you were talking about "significant figures". For example, in the unber 2300, it is impossible to tell whether one or both, or neither of the "0"s is significant. You would have to write it as $\displaystyle 2.3 \times 10^3$, if neither were significant, $\displaystyle 2.30 \times 10^3$ if one was, $\displaystyle 2.300 \times 10^3$ if both were. That's why significant figures are typically paired with "scientific notation".)