# A Problem with Mathematica's Precision

1. Oct 2, 2008

### natski

Hi all,

Perhaps it is just me that is bugged by this, but I can never get the N function to work in Mathematica.

For example, try doing:

N[6.50889261991, 2]

and you get:

6.50889

Which clearly isn't to 2 significant figures or decimal places...

Does anyone know if there is something I am doing wrong with N?

Natski

2. Oct 7, 2008

### Staff: Mentor

You can use 6.508892619912 to get it to 2 significant figures. Or alternatively you can use 6.52

I don't know why N doesn't degrade the precision of the input, but I get the same result.