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1 2.2 Scientific Notation: Writing Large and Small Numbers A number written in scientific notation has two parts. A decimal part: a number that is between 1 and 10. An exponential part: 10 raised to an exponent, n.

2 2.2 Scientific Notation: Writing Large and Small Numbers A positive exponent means 1 multiplied by 10 n times. A negative exponent ( n) means 1 divided by 10 n times.

3 To convert a number to scientific notation Move the decimal point to obtain a number between 1 and 10. Multiply that number (the decimal part) by 10 raised to the power that reflects the movement of the decimal point.

4 To convert a number to scientific notation If the decimal point is moved to the left, the exponent is positive. If the decimal is moved to the right, the exponent is negative.

5 Scientific numbers are reported so that every digit is certain except the last, which is estimated. The first four digits are certain; the last digit is estimated. The greater the precision of the measurement, the greater the number of significant figures.

6 Counting significant figures in a correctly reported measurement 1. All nonzero digits are significant. 2. Interior zeros (zeros between two numbers) are significant. 3. Trailing zeros (zeros to the right of a nonzero number) that fall after a decimal point are significant. 4. Trailing zeros that fall before a decimal point are significant. 5. Leading zeros (zeros to the left of the first nonzero number) are NOT significant. They only serve to locate the decimal point. 6. Trailing zeros at the end of a number, but before an implied decimal point, are ambiguous and should be avoided.

7 Exact Numbers Exact numbers have an unlimited number of significant figures. Exact counting of discrete objects Integral numbers that are part of an equation Defined quantities Some conversion factors are defined quantities while others are not.

8 How many significant figures are in each number? two significant figures four significant figures 2371 four significant figures three significant figures 1 dozen = 12 unlimited significant figures five significant figures 100,000 ambiguous

9 2.4 Significant Figures in Calculations Rules for Rounding: When numbers are used in a calculation, the result is rounded to reflect the significant figures of the data. For calculations involving multiple steps, round only the final answer do not round off between steps. This prevents small rounding errors from affecting the final answer.

10 2.4 Significant Figures in Calculations Rules for Rounding: Use only the last (or leftmost) digit being dropped to decide in which direction to round ignore all digits to the right of it. Round down if the last digit dropped is 4 or less; round up if the last digit dropped is 5 or more.

11 2.4 Significant Figures in Calculations Multiplication and Division Rule: The result of multiplication or division carries the same number of significant figures as the factor with the fewest significant figures.

12 2.4 Significant Figures in Calculations Multiplication and Division Rule: The intermediate result (in blue) is rounded to two significant figures to reflect the least precisely known factor (0.10), which has two significant figures.

13 2.4 Significant Figures in Calculations Multiplication and Division Rule: The intermediate result (in blue) is rounded to three significant figures to reflect the least precisely known factor (6.10), which has three significant figures.

14 2.4 Significant Figures in Calculations Addition and Subtraction Rule: In addition or subtraction calculations, the result carries the same number of decimal places as the quantity carrying the fewest decimal places.

15 2.4 Significant Figures in Calculations Addition and Subtraction Rule: We round the intermediate answer (in blue) to two decimal places because the quantity with the fewest decimal places (5.74) has two decimal places.

16 2.4 Significant Figures in Calculations Addition and Subtraction Rule: We round the intermediate answer (in blue) to one decimal place because the quantity with the fewest decimal places (4.8) has one decimal place.

17 Calculations Involving Both Multiplication/Division and Addition/Subtraction In calculations involving both multiplication/division and addition/subtraction, do the steps in parentheses first; determine the correct number of significant figures in the intermediate answer without rounding; then do the remaining steps.

18 Calculations Involving Both Multiplication/Division and Addition/Subtraction In the calculation ( ); do the step in parentheses first = 3.37 Use the subtraction rule to determine that the intermediate answer has only one significant decimal place. To avoid small errors, it is best not to round at this point; instead, underline the least significant figure as a reminder = = 12 Use the multiplication rule to determine that the intermediate answer (11.758) rounds to two significant figures (12) because it is limited by the two significant figures in 3.37.

19 2.5 The Basic Units of Measurement The unit system for science measurements, based on the metric system, is called the International System of units (Système International d unités) or SI units.

20 2.5 Basic Units of Measurement The kilogram is a measure of mass, which is different from weight. The mass of an object is a measure of the quantity of matter within it. The weight of an object is a measure of the gravitational pull on that matter. Consequently, weight depends on gravity while mass does not.

21 Prefix Multipliers

22 Derived Units A derived unit is formed from other units. Many units of volume, a measure of space, are derived units. Any unit of length, when cubed (raised to the third power), becomes a unit of volume. Cubic meters (m 3 ), cubic centimeters (cm 3 ), and cubic millimeters (mm 3 ) are all units of volume.

23 2.6 Problem Solving And Unit Conversions Getting to an equation to solve from a problem statement requires critical thinking. No simple formula applies to every problem, yet you can learn problem-solving strategies and begin to develop some chemical intuition. Many of the problems can be thought of as unit conversion problems, where you are given one or more quantities and asked to convert them into different units. Other problems require the use of specific equations to get to the information you are trying to find.

24 Converting Between Units Units are multiplied, divided, and canceled like any other algebraic quantities. Using units as a guide to solving problems is called dimensional analysis. Always write every number with its associated unit. Always include units in your calculations, dividing them and multiplying them as if they were algebraic quantities. Do not let units appear or disappear in calculations. Units must flow logically from beginning to end.

25 Converting Between Units For most conversion problems, we are given a quantity in some units and asked to convert the quantity to another unit. These calculations take the form:

26 Converting Between Units Conversion factors are constructed from any two quantities known to be equivalent. We construct the conversion factor by dividing both sides of the equality by 1 in. and canceling the units. The quantity is equal to 1 and can be used to convert between inches and centimeters.

27 Converting Between Units In solving problems, always check if the final units are correct, and consider whether or not the magnitude of the answer makes sense. Conversion factors can be inverted because they are equal to 1 and the inverse of 1 is 1.

28 The Solution Map A solution map is a visual outline that shows the strategic route required to solve a problem. For unit conversion, the solution map focuses on units and how to convert from one unit to another.

29 We can diagram conversions using a solution map. The solution map for converting from inches to centimeters is: The solution map for converting from centimeters to inches is:

30 General Problem-Solving Strategy Identify the starting point (the given information). Identify the end point (what you must find). Devise a way to get from the starting point to the end point using what is given as well as what you already know or can look up. You can use a solution map to diagram the steps required to get from the starting point to the end point. In graphic form, we can represent this progression as Given Solution Map Find

31 2.7 Solving-Multistep Unit Conversion Problems Each step in the solution map should have a conversion factor with the units of the previous step in the denominator and the units of the following step in the numerator.

32 Once the solution map is complete, Solution follow it to solve the problem.

33 2.8 Units Raised to a Power When converting quantities with units raised to a power, the conversion factor must also be raised to that power.

34 Conversion with Units Raised to a Power We cube both sides to obtain the proper conversion factor. We can do the same thing in fractional form.

35 2.9 Density The density of a substance is the ratio of its mass to its volume.

36 Calculating Density We calculate the density of a substance by dividing the mass of a given amount of the substance by its volume. For example, a sample of liquid has a volume of 22.5 ml and a mass of 27.2 g. To find its density, we use the equation d = m/v.

37 A Solution Map Involving the Equation for Density In a problem involving an equation, the solution map shows how the equation takes you from the given quantities to the find quantity.

38 Density as a Conversion Factor We can use the density of a substance as a conversion factor between the mass of the substance and its volume. For a liquid substance with a density of 1.32 g/cm 3, what volume should be measured to deliver a mass of 68.4 g?

39 Density as a Conversion Factor Solution Map Solution Measure 51.8 ml to obtain 68.4 g of the liquid.

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