A question on percentage uncertainty

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Say we have the equation D2 = C x N where C = A2.
Using a graphical method to find the % uncertainty of C (from graph of D2 against N) which involves working out the gradient which equals C and so forth. This value is 25%.
The question is "what is the percentage uncertainty of A?"

This is actually a question that appeared in an A-level paper i did today and it was the only one that really bamboozled me :confused:.

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I realize you don't divide by two;my reasoning being that when asked to calculate the % uncertainty of r in say the equation V = 4/3 x π x r3 the question doesnt explicitly state r3.

So i think that it is between doubling 25% or just leaving it. Now i think it was the latter but in the exam I did indeed double it to 50%.
 

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You are propagating errors of form ##z=x^a## knowing ##x\pm xp_x/100## where ##p_x## is the known percentage error.
So what is the rule for propagating the error on a power?
 
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You are propagating errors of form ##z=x^a## knowing ##x\pm xp_x/100## where ##p_x## is the known percentage error.
So what is the rule for propagating the error on a power?
Multiply the percentage uncertainty by whatever the variable is to the order of?
 
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Anyone else?
 
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What's wrong with the reply you got so far?
 

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