Which of the following has three significant figures? A. 0.0005 m, B. 7,007 mg, C. 5.60 km, D. 0.080

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Mar 24, 2017


C. 5.60 km has three significant figures.


A. 0.0005 m has 1 significant figure because leading zeroes are place holders and not significant.

B. 7,077 mg has 4 significant figures because the non-zero digits are always significant and a zero between other significant numbers (called a captive zero) is significant.

C. 5.60 km has 3 significant figures because trailing zeroes after a decimal are significant.

D. 0.080 mm has 2 significant figures because the leading zeroes are not significant and the trailing zero after the decimal is significant.