How many significant FIGURES IN 0.060?

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Feb 10, 2018

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2 significant digits.

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Zeros that are used as placed holders do not count as significant digits. Only digits that have been measured are significant.

The six obviously has been measured. The two zeros to the left of the six are place holders. The #0.0# give the value of the 6 as #6/100# So the two digits of zeros to the left of six have not been measured and are not significant.

The zero to the right of the six is significant. The zero to the right of the six is not a place holder, The zero to the right of the six does not change or affect the value of the six because
# 6/100 = 60/1000# The only reason for writing the zero to the right of the six is that it has been measured.

So there are two significant digits the six and the zero to the right of the six.

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Feb 9, 2018

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#2# sig figs.

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There are #2#. Typically trailing zeroes don't count, such as in the case of #100#. In the number #100#, there is only #1# sig fig. However, with the addition of the decimal, trailing zeroes do start to count. However, we only start counting from the first non-zero number, in this case the #6#. Thus, there is the #6# and the zero directly to the right of it, 2 sig figs.

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