Which Pepsi Do You Prefer: Diet or Regular

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Re: Which Pepsi Do You Prefer: Diet or Regular

Postby EvilJekyll » Fri Aug 07, 2009 6:34 pm

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Saltine wrote:It's scientific notation. One reason to do this is that it gives a clearer idea of the uncertainty of the number. "1×10¹" gives a little more information than "10¹", since it has one significant figure and means "anywhere between 5 and 15". Compare this to "1.0×10¹", which has two significant figures and means "anywhere between 9.5 and 10.5".


how can you multiply 1×10¹ and have it mean 15?

(Sorry Skimba)

Because the nearest number you can accurately have without rounding to 20 is ~15, since the accuracy is to the ones place and not any more accurate. For example, it could be 14.999999999 x 10¹, but due to the accuracy of the ones place, it still rounds down to 10.

I'm guessing you're not a math/science teacher at the school?
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Re: Which Pepsi Do You Prefer: Diet or Regular

Postby chrismachine » Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:51 pm

it's elementary school, and no I don't teach math or science. I still don't get how 1 could be 14.999 when it's clearly 1, but I think it's the concept that's escaping me. Anyway, thanks for trying guys. sig figs rings a bell from grade 11 physics and I think I got it back then, but since there aren't any variables I still can't get past that to me it looks like 1X10^1 = 1X10 = 10.
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Re: Which Pepsi Do You Prefer: Diet or Regular

Postby reo01 » Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:16 am

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Re: Which Pepsi Do You Prefer: Diet or Regular

Postby loofah » Sat Aug 08, 2009 1:02 pm

The coefficient you put in is how sure you are of the number. If you knew that it was exactly 10, you would say 1.0 x 10^1. If you think it's around 10, maybe between 5 and 15, you would use 1 x 10^1. It has to do with how precisely you can measure things.

An example:
If you have a scale that measures in 10-g increments, and it displays 10 g, the weight is somewhere between 5 and 15 g. This would be represented as 1 x 10^1.
If you have a scale that measures in 1-g increments, and it displays 10 g, the weight is somewhere between 9.5 and 10.5 g. This would be represented as 1.0 x 10^1.
If you have a scale that measures in 0.1-g increments, and it displays 10 g, the weight is somewhere between 9.95 and 10.05 g. This would be represented as 1.00 x 10^1.

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Re: Which Pepsi Do You Prefer: Diet or Regular

Postby Judas Maccabeus » Sat Aug 08, 2009 1:27 pm

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Re: Which Pepsi Do You Prefer: Diet or Regular

Postby chrismachine » Sat Aug 08, 2009 3:37 pm

yeah, that makes sense to me. I certainly hope it is right now that I get how it's done. I mean I got the idea that it's not as simple as its direct value from Saltine, but now I get how it can be used. Thanks!
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Re: Which Pepsi Do You Prefer: Diet or Regular

Postby kvn8907 » Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:40 pm

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