Precisely Meaningless Numbers Run Amok

Course Information

New Course: Coming 2022!

Learn about precision and significant figures in a way that is both fun and makes sense. These topics are typically taught poorly, yet students are expected to know these concepts for exams, lab reports, research papers, etc. in science courses.

There are no formal course pre-requisites. Students with any interest in science or technology are encouraged to enroll. This is a great class to clear up confusion about significant figures, or “sig figs,” which are used in most types of scientific calculations. We’ll also talk about precision and confidence. There will be a few case studies to demonstrate the ideas, plus a worksheet with some problems.