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3: Estimating and Reporting Experimental Error

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    Learning Objectives

    After completing the readings and practice problems recommended in this module, you should be able to:

    • Describe and give examples of the following types of error that effect physical measurements, and identify the types of errors that affect precision and those that affect accuracy.
      • Gross / personal error
      • Systematic error
      • Random error
      • Determinate error
      • Indeterminate error
    • Describe strategies for optimizing the accuracy of physical measurements and evaluating the precision of physical measurements.
    • Identify the sources of random error in a measurement.
    • Propagate error using mathematics.
    • Report values and their precision in the proper form (applying the rules of significant figures to correctly indicate precision).


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