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Suppose you measure the perimeter of a regular hexagon by and obtain the result P = 25.0 cm. The question requires you to calculate the side length of the hexagon. Thus, you make the following calculation:

P = *25.0 cm**/**6* = 4.16666666 ... cm

It is obvious you cannot write the result in this way. You must round the result to fit the apparatus you have used to take the measurements. From the perimeter value, you can see the accuracy of apparatus is up to 0.1cm. This number has only one decimal place. Therefore, you must write the result at 1 decimal place as well. Hence, either you will write it as 4.1 cm or 4.2 cm. In this case, you must use the rounding rules, i.e. when the last digit is greater than 4, we have an increase in the rounded value. In the specific case, the last digit is 7, so we must write 4.2 cm for the size of the hexagon's side length.

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