Significant figures are those numbers that carry meaning. Decimal places are the series of numbers that come after the decimal point. After working through this topic you will be able to:

  • calculate values to a given number of significant figures or decimal places;
  • appreciate some of the common misconceptions associated with significant figures and decimal places;
  • identify where numeracy challenges are likely to arise in chemistry; and
  • use strategies to help learners improve their confidence in dealing with numeracy in chemistry.