# How many significant figures will there be inthe answer to the following problem? 101.7 * 5.45

Aug 29, 2016

There will be three significant figures in the answer.

#### Explanation:

When multiplying or dividing measurements (numbers), the result must have the same number of significant figures as the number in the problem with the fewest significant figures.

$101.7 \times 5.45 = 554.265$ on the calculator. However, you would record the result as $554$ because $5.45$ has the least significant figures, so the result must be rounded to three significant figures.