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Calculating percent error in a lab please help

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calculating percent error in a lab please help!!

Homework Statement



I have to calculate an experimental value for g using values from my lab. I got -45.9 as my value, and now i have to calculate the percent error

Homework Equations



a= g (m2 - m1/ m2+m1) was the equation i used

actual-calculate/calculated x 100

The Attempt at a Solution



Would I use negatives or not?

9.81- - 45.9 / - 45.9 x 100 = -121.4 %

or

9.81-45.9 / - 45.9 x 100 = 78.6 %

part b says derive the equation for a in the form a = F/m (f and m in terms of forces and messes in the atwood machine) but I have no idea what he is asking me to do

thank you!
 

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tiny-tim
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Welcome to PF!

Hi wiccabean21! Welcome to PF! :smile:
I have to calculate an experimental value for g using values from my lab. I got -45.9 as my value, and now i have to calculate the percent error
i] g = -45.9 is totally different from the correct figure :rolleyes:

either you've applied the equation incorrectly, or (more likely) you need to do the experiment again :wink:

ii] "error" means the likely error, not the actual error …

decide how much error there is in measuring each of your input figures (for example, maybe there's a 1% error in measuring each mass), and then add them (or combine them in some other way) to get an overall error in the output figure. :smile:
 

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