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Upper and Lower Bounds

Determine the upper and lower bounds when rounding or truncating quantities used in calculations.

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This is level 4: quantities rounded to a number of significant figures. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 7 questions correct.

1. The number of matches in a box, M, is given as 50. This number has been rounded to one significant figure. What is the least and most matches that could be in the box? M < Correct Wrong
2. The number of trees in a forest, F, is given as 70. This number has been rounded to one significant figure. What is the least and most trees that could be in the forest? F < Correct Wrong
3. The number of points scored in a game, P, is given as 700. This number has been rounded to one significant figure. What is the lowest and highest number of points that could have been scored? P < Correct Wrong
4. A train's speed (v kph) is rounded to two significant figures. If the speed is given as 140 kph, what is the slowest and fastest it could have actually been travelling? v < Correct Wrong
5. Another train's speed (w kph) is rounded to three significant figures. If the speed is also given as 140 kph, what is the slowest and fastest it could have actually been travelling? w < Correct Wrong
6. The length of a curtain, L, is measured to be 1.22m to three significant figures. What is the shortest and longest the curtain could be? (give your answers in metres) L < Correct Wrong
7. The length of a train, T, is listed as 64.0m to three significant figures. What, in metres, are the upper and lower bounds of the train's length? T < Correct Wrong
8. The probability, p, of a certain event occuring has been calculated to be 0.0987 to three significant figures. What are the limits of accuracy? p < Correct Wrong
9. The time taken (t seconds), for a particular insect to react to a sound was measured to be 0.800 seconds to three significant figures. What are the limits of accuracy? t < Correct Wrong
10. A number, N, is 7.00 to three significant figures. What are the limits of accuracy? N < Correct Wrong
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Level 1 - Numbers truncated to a given multiple.

Level 2 - Quantities rounded to a given multiple.

Level 3 - Numbers rounded to a number of decimal places.

Level 4 - Quantities rounded to a number of significant figures.

Level 5 - Calculations involving upper and lower bounds.

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