# How many significant figures does 0.098560 have?

Sep 10, 2016

Five.

#### Explanation:

You count a terminal zero after a decimal point as significant, but a leading zero before or after a secimal point is never significant.

$\textcolor{g r a y}{0.0} \textcolor{b l u e}{9856} \textcolor{g o l d}{0}$

Blue digits -- nonzero digits or any zero between two nonzero digits is significant.

Gold digit -- terminal zeroes after a decimal point are significant.