so 1000. is our

**four**-significant-figure answer. (from rules 5 and 6, we see that in order for the trailing zeros to "count" as significant, they must be followed by a decimal. Writing just "1000" would give us only**one significant**figure.)Consequently, which zeros are significant?

If a zero is found between significant digits, it is significant. Zeros can be used as (insignificant) place holders to the left of significant digits if the number is a decimal. For

**example**, a mass of 42 g has two significant digits.How many significant figures 50 has?

Trailing zero: Counts as a significant figure if the number contains a decimal point. However, it does not count if the number does not contain a decimal point. Example: 50.00 (

**4 significant figures**), 50 (**1 significant**figure), 50. (**2 significant figures**).