How many significant figures does 0.098560 have?

1 Answer
Sep 10, 2016

Answer:

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.

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

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