HW 1B.27


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Jessica Chen 2C
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HW 1B.27

Postby Jessica Chen 2C » Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:41 am

Why is the uncertainty in velocity 5 m/s when given 5.00 ± 5.0 m/s, when in the example in the text they gave ±1.00mm/s and had the uncertainty as 2mm/s?

Matthew Chan 1B
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Re: HW 1B.27

Postby Matthew Chan 1B » Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:45 am

There is an error in the solution manual. Check Dr. Lavelle's solution manual errors PDF on his website; he addresses that mistake.

https://lavelle.chem.ucla.edu/wp-conten ... rs_7Ed.pdf

Naji Sarsam 1F
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Re: HW 1B.27

Postby Naji Sarsam 1F » Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:03 pm

In an uncertainty problem where they give a "variable" ± "a value", the uncertainty is twice that "value". This is easier to understand by example:

If a problem describes the velocity of an object as 5.00 m/s ± 1.00, the uncertainty would be double the value of 1.00, equaling an uncertainty of 2.00

This is because the symbol "±" indicates a range of values. In the case of the example above, the range of velocities the object could have is between 4.00 m/s and 6.00 m/s. Clearly then, there is a difference--or uncertainty--of 2.00 between the lowest possible velocity of 4.00 m/s and 6.00 m/s. This difference, again, can always be found by doubling the number after the "±" symbol.


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