a) two b) three c) four d) three
Work Step by Step
a) Zeros trailing a non-zero number are insignificant, and the number of significant digits after the decimal is zero. So there are 2 sig figs in 310. b) Use the concepts above and the fact that zeros preceding the non-zero number after the decimal point are insignificant for a number having zero before the decimal point. So, 0.00310 has three sig figs. c) Zeros preceding the non-zero number after the decimal point are significant for a number having a non-zero digit before the decimal point. Thus 1.031 has 4 sig figs. d) Using the concepts above, 3.10*10^5 has 3 sig figs.