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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsChemistry · 1 month ago

# 54.00+78= _______ give the answer to the correct number of significant figures?

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• Dr W
Lv 7
1 month ago

in mult/div, the answer is limited to the same # of sig figs as the factor with the least # of sig figs

in add/sub, the answer is limited to the same precision as the addend with the lowest precision

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this problem is addition, so we go by precision

.. 54.00 is precise to the 0.01's column

.. 78 is precise to the 1's column

so

.. the answer is reported to the 1's column

so

.. 54.00 + 78 = 132 (with 3 sig figs, precise to the 1's column)

• Pearl
Lv 7
1 month ago

i think its 132

• 1 month ago

Trick question - it's 148 due to the two decimal places.

• pisgahchemist
Lv 7
1 month agoReport

LOL, Hernando, you seem to have a mental disconnect.  You clearly don't know what your talking about. The answer is indeed 132, rounded to the 1s column since that is the least precise column. 54.00 precise to the hundredths column, while 78 is precise to the 1s column.