Error calculations involving gradients

by acidburner
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acidburner is offline
Mar31-08, 10:09 PM
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I'm trying to work out the percentage error in working out the value of gravity,g, from a pendulums motion.
i know that percentage error is (possible error/value used)*100 however im using multiple values multiple times and its getting a little confusing.
In the investigation g=k(∆Tē/∆L), my problem is that i have the error for working out T which is 0.001 seconds. The error in L is 0.001m. As i'm using a difference of two values for each of the ∆'s would i double each error and for the error of Tē would i square 0.001 and then double it.
any explainations would be helpful
∆Tē=2.112 ∆L=0.51
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rock.freak667 is offline
Mar31-08, 10:24 PM
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You know that

[tex]T=2\pi \sqrt{\frac{l}{g}}[/tex]

so that

[tex]T^2=4\pi^2 \frac{L}{g}[/tex]

and that means that


To find the error you do this.

[tex]\frac{\delta g}{g}=2\frac{\delta T}{T} + \frac{\delta L}{L}[/tex]

[itex]\delta T[/itex] would be the error in T and similarly for [itex]\delta L[/itex] is the error in L.

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