Education Technology

How Do Your Errors Grow!

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

A simple measuring activity allows students to explore the sometimes difficult concept of significant figures, both manually and with the help of the Science Tools App's Sig-Fig Calculator.

Key Steps

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    Students measure their textbook and then use the Sig-Fig calculator in the SciTools App to calculate its perimeter and volume as well as the number of significant digits in their answers.

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    Students then compare their calculations of the number of significant digits in a calculation to those of the Sig-Fig Calculator.