Uncertainty of speed


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Luyan Zhang - 2D
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Uncertainty of speed

Postby Luyan Zhang - 2D » Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:40 pm

In the practice problem, 1B.27, it states that the velocity of the bowling ball is 5.00 +/- 5.0ms-1,
does this mean that the uncertainty of the velocity is 10m/s because of the plus or minus sign?

LNgo 1G
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Re: Uncertainty of speed

Postby LNgo 1G » Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:46 pm

I believe the uncertainty would be 5.0. The plus and minus signs just mean that the variation can go either direction.

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Re: Uncertainty of speed

Postby Ariel Davydov 1C » Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:47 pm

Yes, this is exactly what it means, because that is the range in which the speed could potentially fall into.

Luyan Zhang - 2D
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Re: Uncertainty of speed

Postby Luyan Zhang - 2D » Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:59 pm

LNgo 14A wrote:I believe the uncertainty would be 5.0. The plus and minus signs just mean that the variation can go either direction.


But in the worked example in the textbook, the velocity is plus or minus 1m/s, but in the solution for it, it used 2m/s as the uncertainty for speed

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Re: Uncertainty of speed

Postby KDang_1D » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:35 pm

You are correct, the uncertainty would be 2(5 m/s) = 10 m/s.

In his video module, Dr. Lavelle explains that uncertainty should be described as the range. He emphasizes that the uncertainty for +/- 1 would be 2. Additionally, in the problem during lecture that assumes electrons are confined to the nucleus, the uncertainty () is the diameter of the nucleus, not the radius.

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Re: Uncertainty of speed

Postby KDang_1D » Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:43 pm

Hmm... the solution manual says that it is actually . I'm not sure why


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