Learning Exercise

Significant Digits-Does it really matter how you measure objects?

This assignment was created by Paul Burckhard of Lemmon High School, Lemmon, South Dakota. It describes a hands-on measuring laboratory activity that can be used in conjuction with the Accuracy and Precision Home Page, and includes a nice reference handout on Rules for Determining Significant Digits.
Course: Introductory math and science classes.

A series of tutorials on basic measurement theory, including such topics as experimental errors, measurement, accuracy... see more



Significant digits

Learning Objectives

After having completed this lesson, the student should be able to manage errors in laboratory experiment data by converting large numbers into significant digit form for use in solving equations