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Abstract Title: Limits of precision in the Balmer lines spectroscopy lab
Abstract: Balmer lines spectroscopy can reach an impressive level of precision even with the common student spectrometer. Understanding the sources of error can help the instructor in guiding and assessing student work as well as in teaching about error analysis itself.  We analyze many of the contributions to error, both random and systematic, including approaches to minimize or measure them.  This can be applied to teaching labs whether accuracy is ~ 3% (introductory level) or better than 0.1% (in-depth advanced level).
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Primary Contact: Timothy Roach
College of the Holy Cross
1 College St
Worcester, MA 01610