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## Main Question or Discussion Point

So from what I had initially understood, in a conversion problem, you go by whatever number has the smallest SF and round your answer to that number, even if that number is one.

In the examples on my homework it seems like my teacher chooses a random number of significant figures for each problem and I cant figure out why.

Some Examples:

2425 fathoms x(6 ft/1 ft)x(12 in/ 1 ft)x(2.54 cm/in)x(1 m/100 cm)= 4435 m

-Why not 1, 2 or even 3 SF?

20.0 inx(2.54/1 in)x(1 m/ 100 cm)x(1000 mm/ 1 m)= 508 mm

-Why not 1 SF?

And also, not a conversion but I also wondered about this one too:

15.4-11= 4

-Why not 2 SF?

In the examples on my homework it seems like my teacher chooses a random number of significant figures for each problem and I cant figure out why.

Some Examples:

2425 fathoms x(6 ft/1 ft)x(12 in/ 1 ft)x(2.54 cm/in)x(1 m/100 cm)= 4435 m

-Why not 1, 2 or even 3 SF?

20.0 inx(2.54/1 in)x(1 m/ 100 cm)x(1000 mm/ 1 m)= 508 mm

-Why not 1 SF?

And also, not a conversion but I also wondered about this one too:

15.4-11= 4

-Why not 2 SF?