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written by George Wiger
This web page contains a set of interactive drill & skill problems on significant figures, appropriate for students of high school math and science. Users enter a response within an answer box. When incorrect responses are entered, the user can either try again or input a new number. Correct and incorrect responses are automatically recorded.
This item is part of a larger collection of Drill and Practice Tutorials by the same author.
**NOTE: The editors suggest that this drill set be done as part of a broader inquiry-based lesson. The usefulness of significant figures in isolation can be misunderstood by beginning students. There are many situations where roundoff of an answer cannot fully express the uncertainty. For additional resources SEE RELATED MATERIALS on this page.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Measurement and the Language of Physics
Unit Title: Applying Measurement in Physics
After introducing the rules of significant figures, students can test their skills in this interactive drill & skill. We suggest setting up cooperative learning groups to make it a game. NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: beginning students often misunderstand or overestimate the usefulness of significant figures. In real-world research laboratories, practicing scientists commonly express uncertainty quantities as a separate numeral. Good examples of how to express uncertainty can be found in the NIST Fundamental Physical Constants (Reference below).Link to Unit:
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