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CHEM 130 Lecture 1: unit r

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CHEM 130
Charles Mc Mory

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Chem CH R Lecture notes
R-1 units of measure
A quantitive observation is called a measurement
A measurement always has two parts: a number and a unit
unit: a fixed standard of measurement
ex. Meter (length), kg (mass)
Prefixes: indicate size of unit
Be familiar with international system and chart/ conversions
R-3: Significant Figures and Calculations
significant figures: digits that carry meaning and contribute to a number’s precision
Rules for counting significant figures
1) nonzero integers: all nonzero digits are significant
ex. 1486 has 4 significant figures
2) zeros
!a) leading zeros are not significant
0.0215 has 3 significant figures
! ! b) captive zeros between nonzero digits are significant
107.77 has 4 significant figures
! ! c) trailing zeros at end of number are significant (if they are to the right of the !
!!!decimal point, but not immediately to the right)
0.07200 has 4 significant figures
CLICKER QUESTION: how many sig figs in 0.00403700 cm?
answer: 6 significant figure
!3) Exact numbers: is determined by counting (or by definition) and has infinite sig figs
Example: 3 atoms in a water molecule, 100g in kg, 2.45 cm in an inch
Always measurements have some degree of uncertainty
Mathematical Operations and Rounding
!1) multiplication and division: your answer should have the same number of sig figs as the !
! ! measurement with the least number of sig figs
!2) addition and subtraction: your answer should have the same number of decimal places !
! ! as are in the measurement with the least number of decimal places
!3) rounding
Carry extra digits through to the final result of a problem, then round
At the end, look at the leftmost digit to be dropped
If digit is 5 or greater: add 1 to the last digit
If digit less than 5: last digit stays the same
CLICKER QUESTION: calculate with correct sig fig and rounding: 8.52 + 4.1586 x
18.73 + 153.2
answer: 239.6
!4) Exponential Notation
R-5: Dimensional Analysis
Conversion factors/ unit factors: a factor equal to 1 that converts a quantity expressed in one
unit to a quantity expressed in another unit
example: 1g/1000mg = 1 = 1000mg/1g!
Determine the diffraction that would cancel the unwanted units
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