## To calculate an answer to the correct number of significant figures, you must complete all calculations first and then round your final answ

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To calculate an answer to the correct number of significant figures, you must complete all calculations first and then round your final answer as the very last step. In Part C, you are asked to calculate the volume of a rectangular prism that has a length of 5.6 cm, a width of 2.1 cm, and a height of 6.6 cm. You can calculate the volume of a prism by multiplying the area of the base times the height. You already calculated the area of the base as 2.1cm×5.6cm in Part A. Part B What value should you use as the area of the base when calculating the answer to Part C? What value should you use as the area of the base when calculating the answer to Part C?

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B) We should use the complete value of 11.76 cm², because the rounding off is done at the end of all calculations. Until then exact and complete values should be used.

C) Volume of Prism = 78 cm³

Explanation:

PART C:

Since, the volume of prism s given by the following formula:

Volume of Prism = (Area of Base of Prism)(Height of Prism)

Therefore,

Height of Prism = 6.6 cm

Area of Base of Prism = Length x Width

Area of Base of Prism = 5.6 cm x 2.1 cm

Area of Base of Prism = 11.76 cm²

Hence, the equation gives:

Volume of Prism = (11.76 cm²)(6.6 cm)

Volume of Prism = 77.616 cm³

Since, the initial values had 2 significant figures, so rounding off to two significant figures:

Volume of Prism = 78 cm²

PART B:

We should use the complete value of 11.76 cm², because the rounding off is done at the end of all calculations. Until then exact and complete values should be used.