Physics Lab 1

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Lab Partner: Section: Date: 02/05/08 Significant Figures and an Intro. to Normal Distribution Abstract: The objective of this experiment was to become familiar with the use of significant figures and become more aware of the theory of measurement and its uses. In this lab we studied the use of normal distribution as it relates to the sciences, such as the Bell Curve. The objective was to create a normal distribution curve (a histogram) for the amount of time it takes to drop and catch a weighted ball on a string. In this range of times, a normal distribution would mean that the average of the combined times would be equal to the mode of the times. Our results were pretty consistent with the normal distribution average, only skewed somewhat to the right. Theory: To complete this lab, one should drop a weighted ball on a string then catch the ball as soon as it comes back to them, taking the time while this is happening. Someone then records the time for catching the weight on a string, and this process is repeated 40 times. Relevant equations
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