# Precision and Scale

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Hey all!

I have a question on scale calculations for scientific diagrams.

In my classroom, we used a calibrated reticule to measure a cell length, lets say a value of 1.234mm

If my diagram length was 12.34cm, what precision do I use?

Scale for the assignment is to be shown as size of diagram:size of object in cm : micrometers

In this example the final scale value as 1.00cm= 10.00 micrometers after calculating scale:

(1.234mm) / ( 123.40mm) = 0.01000mm x 1000 = 10.00 micrometers ->> 10.00 micrometers follows sig figs, however, is not the measured precision of the reticule at 0.001mm.

So my question is, are these precisions of decimal places correct? And do you follow sig figs or original precision when showing scale?

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Hey all!

I have a question on scale calculations for scientific diagrams.

In my classroom, we used a calibrated reticule to measure a cell length, lets say a value of 1.234mm

If my diagram length was 12.34cm, what precision do I use?

Scale for the assignment is to be shown as size of diagram:size of object in cm : micrometers

In this example the final scale value as 1.00cm= 10.00 micrometers after calculating scale:

(1.234mm) / ( 123.40mm) = 0.01000mm x 1000 = 10.00 micrometers ->> 10.00 micrometers follows sig figs, however, is not the measured precision of the reticule at 0.001mm.

So my question is, are these precisions of decimal places correct? And do you follow sig figs or original precision when showing scale?

Your precision factor should be half the smallest unit. For example, for a ruler in cm, 1 cm/2 = +/-0.05

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