anonymous
  • anonymous
WHAT IS THE GREATEST POSSIBLE ERROR FOR 12.3
Mathematics
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  • chestercat
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tkhunny
  • tkhunny
It's a silly question. Do you mean round-off error?
Mertsj
  • Mertsj
The greatest possible error is 1/2 the unit of measure. What is the unit of measure used in 12.3?
tkhunny
  • tkhunny
That's just not the case, as posed. If you are measuring the mass of the moon, and you get 12.3, what does that mean? We need a real question.

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Mertsj
  • Mertsj
Perhaps you do not understand. This measurement is to the nearest tenth. Therefore the greatest possible error is 1/2 x .1 or .05 If you measure something to the nearest 1, the GPE is .5 and so on.
tkhunny
  • tkhunny
Right, IF you are talking about round off error. Are we? It's not in the problem statement.
Mertsj
  • Mertsj
No. NOT talking about rounding error. If I say it is 20 miles to the nearest town, that 0 is not significant. Therefore the unit of measure is 10 miles and the greatest possible error is 5 miles which means the distance to the nearest town is between 15 and 25 miles.
tkhunny
  • tkhunny
You have just defined round-off or rounding error. The limitation of our measurement device. Why are you saying that is not what it is? It is possible we just learned different words for it. I thoroughly agree that the maximum possible round-off error is 1/2 the most exact measure used. In this case, 0.05. I still think we need a better question. Thanks to @Mertsj for making me think about it harder.

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