1. KDPhysics

    Uncertainties in a set of measurements

    Suppose I measure the distance between two objects for three trials. The two objects then get farther away, and I measure the distance between them again for three trials. I repeat this for 3 more different distances, getting a total of 15 measurements (3 trials for 5 distances). I then compute...
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    How do I find refractive index uncertainties?

    I've been doing an experiment where I've used prisms and a spectrometer to find the exact angles inside the prisms and the refractive index of the prisms by finding the minimum angle of deviation. I have attached a picture of the formula I've been using to find the refractive indices. Where...
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    Uncertainty of the function? My answer is a bit different

    Homework Statement Homework Equations The Attempt at a Solution The answer is different though,
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    B Can %age uncertainty in value ever be greater than 100?

    We were given an experiment in which the %age uncertainty of majority of students happened to be greater than 100?
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    How to calculate the average with uncertainties?

    Homework Statement How to calculate the average given the uncertainties in each measurement 8.70 +/- 0.28, 9.680 +/- 0.046, 9.700 +/- 0.055, 9.720 +/- 0.067? Homework Equations The Attempt at a Solution I know I add the values and divide by 4. I also know I add the absolute uncertainties but...
  6. adamaero

    Uncertainty problem

    Homework Statement A common method for finding wavelength is to use diffraction grating. The relationship between wavelength λ and the angle of max intensity θ for first order interference is λ = d*sinθ where d is the spacing between lines on the grating, which is the inverse of the grating...
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    I Calculating semi-major axis and minimum mass of an exoplanet

    Hello guys, I'm doing my physics coursework on kepler's third law and I'm finding the minimum mass and semi-major axis of a unknown planet. I have the following data: Stellar mass Mstar = 1.31 ± 0.05 Msun Orbital period P = 2.243752 ± 0.00005 days Radial velocity semi-amplitude: V = 993.0 ±...
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    I Uncertainty of frequency

    what can be the uncertainty of the frequency that humans can hear ? I'm aware that there are many ways,but i tried google-ing to find them but i couldnt. if you could help me it would be great.
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    Signal to noise ratio and uncertainty in magnitude

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known dat Show that if you have a signal f and noise σf for a stellar flux measurement, then the uncertainty on the observed magnitude is given by σm = 1.0875 x σf / f Homework Equations (you should use the fact that when ε<<1 then log(1±ε) ≈...
  10. R

    Expected value of x^2

    Homework Statement My teacher made up this question, but I think there's something wrong. Consider the wave packet in momentum representation defined by Φ(p)=N if -P/2<p<P/2 and Φ(p)=0 at any other point. Determine Ψ(x) and uncertainties Δp and Δx. Homework Equations Fourier trick and...
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    Error Propagation

    Homework Statement Suppose you measure three numbers as follows: Homework Equations x= 200. +-2. y= 50. +-2. z= 40. +-2. where the three uncertainties are independent and random. Use step-by-step propagation to find the quantity q= x/(y-z) with its uncertainty. The Attempt at a...
  12. Aristotle

    Error Propagation help?

    Homework Statement I am given a frequency value of 95 GHz (9.5x10^10 Hz), C= 25 F, L=1.12x10^(-25) H. The question is to find the uncertainties in frequency by taking account of inductor being 5% accurate & capacitor being 8% accurate. Homework Equations I believe this is the correct formula...