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What does it mean to determine the precision, expressed as percent

  1. Nov 6, 2007 #1
    In my lab class, I needed to find k for a spring in two ways (hanging a mass from a spring & through simple harmonic motion). I've done this and now need to compare the two values - the question asks me to determine "the precision, expressed as a percent" of my measurements for k - I don't understand what this means.

    Can someone advise me as to how I can go about determining the precision of a given value & expressing it as a %? Thank you.
     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2007
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  3. Nov 6, 2007 #2

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    I think they mean percentage error maybe... one way of doing it is taking +/- 1 of the last digit.

    so 125g has a percentage error of [1g/(125g)]*100% = 0.8%

    but don't know if this is how you're expected to do it.
     
  4. Nov 7, 2007 #3
    I don't think that's it because they ask me for the percentage error later....they want the "claimed precision expressed as a percent". Thanks anyway.
     
  5. Nov 7, 2007 #4
    Precision is the amount of reproducibility I think, how easy it is to reproduce a particular result. So how close were K values maybe?
     
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