General question 1B.27

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Simon Dionson 4I
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General question 1B.27

Postby Simon Dionson 4I » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:05 pm

I had a general question on what it means when the velocity is given as
5.00 + or - 5.0 m*s^-1. If we are using p=mv for momentum, how could I relate the + or - interval into ΔP?

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Re: General question 1B.27

Postby AVerma_F19 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:17 pm

Δp = m Δv is the equation to relate Δv to Δp. I believe that the Δ accounts for +/-.

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Re: General question 1B.27

Postby Amy Luu 2G » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:50 pm

+ or - represents the uncertainty so you would use 5.0 in the equation delta x >= h/(4pi)(5.0 m/s)(mass). In this equation, 5 is the uncertainty in the velocity.

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Re: General question 1B.27

Postby Ryan Narisma 4G » Wed Oct 16, 2019 11:04 pm

Hi Simon Dionson 4I! So the uncertainty in velocity is given by a 5.0 m/s. Let's say the velocity given was 10 m/s. Then velocity COULD be 15 m/s OR 5 m/s. The range (in statistics) of this is the uncertainty in velocity. So the uncertainty in velocity—v— is equal to 10 m/s. It is not 5.0 m/s, as Amy Luu 3L has mentioned. I think there is an error in the solutions manual so use the following link to get the correct answer for this question: ... rs_7Ed.pdf. I hope this helps!

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Re: General question 1B.27

Postby Shutong Hou_1F » Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:29 pm

± 5.00 m*s^-1 means that the uncertainty (the range of possible values of speed) in speed is 5.00 m*s^-1, rather than that the speed is really positive or, unreasonably, negative.

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