Please help, stuck -- Standard error in speed of sound wave...

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Not sure if this counts as "advanced physics homework" but can someone please help me here.
I keep getting 591.1489m/s for the error in speed of sound, but the actual value of speed of sound is v=346.0425 and you obviously cant have an error larger than your actual value. (let me know if the link isnt working too)
 
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You can have an error bigger than the value ... for instance is you subtract two measurements.
##1\pm 0.1 - 0.9\pm 0.09 = 0.1\pm 0.19##

But in your case the error on your wavelength is bigger than your wavelength (1st term under the square-root).
 
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You can have an error bigger than the value ... for instance is you subtract two measurements.
##1\pm 0.1 - 0.9\pm 0.09 = 0.1\pm 0.19##

But in your case the error on your wavelength is bigger than your wavelength (1st term under the square-root).
Yeah I just read that, thanks man.
 

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