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Homework Help: Uncorrelated uncertainties

  1. Jan 29, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    For uncorrelated uncertainties [tex]\delta[/tex] x and [tex]\delta[/tex] y give the values and uncertainties for W in standard format.
    A.) W=x+y with x=4.2(0.2) and y=0.7(0.1)

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    well i think i am supposed to take the partial derivatives of W with respect to x and y (dW/dx and dW/dy) which both =1. Then is the total derivative DW/DXorY = 1+1 dx/dy? Or do I only use the derivatives for the uncertainties and just plug x and y, 4.2 and 0.7, into W?
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2009
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