1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data I am conducting an experiment to determine the specific heat of a certain metal using a typical calorimetry experiment (using a polystyrene cup). I have been asked to list sources of error and quantify them in relation to the total error in the experiment - I have thought up some errors, but have no idea on how to quantify them? 2. Relevant equations Irrelevant 3. The attempt at a solution For example one source of error may be that there is not enough insulation so there is some heat loss. How can I possibly quantify this?