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Physics Question on significant figures?

  1. Jan 21, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    How long a piece of wire would you need to form a circular arc subtending an angle of 1.6 rad, if the radius of the arc is 8.1 cm?
    Express your answer using two significant figures.

    In 2004 Mizuki Noguchi of Japan won the Women's Olympic Marathon, completing the 26 mi, 385 yd course in 2 h, 26 min, 20 s. What was Noguchi's average speed, in meters per second?

    Express your answer using four significant figures.
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  3. Jan 21, 2010 #2


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    Welcome to PF,

    What are your thoughts so far? Can you show us your approach or your attempts? The other two parts of the homework help question template are equally important. What are the relevant relations or concepts that apply here (2), and what steps have you taken (3)?

    By the way, neither of these problems is actually about significant figures. The first one tests your knowledge of the radian system of angular measure, and the second one has to do with the definition of average velocity.
  4. Jan 21, 2010 #3
    Is your problem about the number of significant figures? If it is, simply calculate the answer, and round off so that you present an answer with two digits.

    86.725235 on your calculator becomes 87,

    941.2 becomes 940

    7.5912304 becomes 7.6, etc.
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