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# Write out the following number with an appropriate number of significant figures watch

1. 248596 +- 700

please explain how to do this
2. (Original post by lydiafoof)
248596 +- 700

please explain how to do this
Are you sure you've written your question correctly?

Is it written like +- or more like in the actual question? Or have you made a typo?
3. (Original post by notnek)
Are you sure you've written your question correctly?

Is it written like +- or more like in the actual question? Or have you made a typo?
Its written like the second one, I just cant write it like that using my keyboard. Could you help me?
4. (Original post by lydiafoof)
Its written like the second one, I just cant write it like that using my keyboard. Could you help me?
Could you upload a picture of the actual question? The question that you've written seems strange.
5. (Original post by notnek)
Could you upload a picture of the actual question? The question that you've written seems strange.
I'm (guessing) that the intent is along the lines of:

y = 123456 +/- 89

So smallest possible value of y is 123545
And largest possible value of y is 123367

Therefore the appropriate number of digits is 3 (y = 123000).

<Rant> I have to say that I've always disliked the whole sig fig thing in these circumstances since you are throwing away almost an entire digit of accuracy just to be "correct". I'd rather the original form (including error range). </Rant>
6. (Original post by DFranklin)
I'm (guessing) that the intent is along the lines of:
Oh yes of course.

I've just not seen a question like this before which is why I assumed there was something else going on. But I was wrong.

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