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written by Vern Lindberg
This item is a tutorial on Uncertainties and Error Propagation. Topics covered include Systematic versus Random Error, Determining Random Errors, Relative and Absolute error,  Propagation of errors, Rounding answers properly, and Significant figures. A list of well illustrated problems are embedded throughout the tutorial.
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General Physics
- Measurement/Units
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- Upper Undergraduate
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© 2000 Vern Lindberg
Absolute error, Average Deviation, Conflicts, Determining Random Errors, Estimation, Instrument Limit of Error, Propagation of errors, Random Errors, Range of possible values, Relative error, Rounding answers, Significant figures, Standard Error in the Mean, Systematic errors, least count
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