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## Homework Statement

I have to find the error in λ determined by the Bohr model/Balmer series. I am a bit confused with this so I'd like someone to double check my work. I don't know the exact name of this method but basically all you do is take the differential of all the values which have an error to find the error of the determined value.

## Homework Equations

[tex] \frac{1}{\lambda} = R (\frac{1}{n^2_f} - \frac{1}{n^2_i} ) [/tex]

n

_{f}and n

_{i}are discreet values so they have no error in them

R is the Rydberg constant and has an error of +-1 in the last digit so

R = (1.097 +- 1 ) * 10

^{7}m

^{-1}

## The Attempt at a Solution

[tex] \frac{1}{\lambda} = R (\frac{1}{n^2_f} - \frac{1}{n^2_i} ) [/tex]

[tex] \frac{\delta \lambda}{\lambda^2} = \delta R (\frac{1}{n^2_f} - \frac{1}{n^2_i} ) [/tex]

[tex] \delta \lambda = \lambda^2 (\frac{1}{n^2_f} - \frac{1}{n^2_i} ) \delta R [/tex]

The reason I am confused with this is that I am trying to find the error in λ but λ shows up on the right hand side of my error equation. Also did I get the error in R in the right decimal place?