PHYExperiment 5

# Target precision is a value set before the experiment

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then use the most suitable formula to find the error in the function. Target precision is a value set before the experiment. This number is a percentage and will let you know how much experimental error is acceptable. In this experiment, the target precision was 0.5%. There are a lot of errors that could be responsible for a result that is less accurate than it is meant to be. Random intrinsic error was encountered in trying to get the pendulum to swing in a single plane. There was also a random error of measurement in measuring the length of the string.

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There was also a random error in starting the stopwatch and the pendulum bob at the same time. There was also random measurement error in measuring the radius of the bob. There was friction between the string and the wooden support. Conclusion The experiment was successful as the values fell within the acceptable experimental error .This experiment was short and easy. The calculations were more tedious. The data sheet also had to be completed in pencil as at the end of the experiment when a correction was about to be made, the Excel software became frozen. The errors in the experiment were taken into consideration in evaluating the experimental result and the result was compare to a theoretical value.
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• Fall '11
• batcheldor
• Physics, Test method, Observational error, Doug Cramer

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