Well, answer is 2457.242789....
So looks to me like 2457 is what's expected; 2457.742789... would be 2458
Btw 19 has 2 significant digits; 2457 has 4 of the mudders!
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So I'm doing this math problem and the answer we provide is supposed to be presented in the correct amount of significant digits, here's the problem:
A search and rescue helicopter locates a ship in distress at a 19 degree angle of depression. If the helicopter is flying at an altitude of 800m, find the distance between the helicopter and the ship.
The problem itself I can do fine, but for some reason the answer provided in the answer key is 2457m.
Shouldn't it be rounded to 2500? 19 degrees is 2 significant digits, right?
Thanks for any help in advance!
Well, answer is 2457.242789....
So looks to me like 2457 is what's expected; 2457.742789... would be 2458
Btw 19 has 2 significant digits; 2457 has 4 of the mudders!
Significant figures - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia