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What is the definition of validity?

A measurement is valid if it measures what its supposed to measure

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What is the definition of true value?

The value that would be obtained in an ideal experiment

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What is the definition of accuracy?

A measurement is accurate if its judged to be close to the true value

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What is the definition of precision?

The consistency (closeness) between results by a repeated experiment

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What is the definition of repeatability?

The judged precision of the results obtained by using the same method and apparatus

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What is the definition of reproducibility?

The judged precision of the results obtained by using different apparatus and/or method

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What is the definition of uncertainty?

The interval within which the true value can be expected to lie with a given level of confidence or probability

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What is the definition of error?

The difference between the measured value and the true value

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What is the definition of resolution?

the smallest measuring interval

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What are common control variables?

Time, Temperature, Mass, Position, Motion, Friction

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What is parallax error?

A change in the apparent position of an object relative to more distant objects, caused by a change in the observer's line of sight toward the object

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What is a zero error?

It is when an instrument gives a reading when the true reading at that time is zero.

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What happens in the experiment investigating the absorption of gamma radiation by lead?

-You place lead between a gamma source and a geiger muller tube (work out background count first)
-Vary the thickness of the lead an take measurements
-Plot lnA=lnA' - μx

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What happens in the experiment investigating Boyles law?

-Use a pump to increase the pressure inside a tube to its max value
-Release pressure to see that the volume increases
-Plot P against 1/V and the gradient is NkT

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What happens in the experiment investigating specific heat and latent heat?

-Ice at 0℃ is added to water of known mass and temperature
-Assume the temperature decrease in water is temperature increase for the ice

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What happens in the experiment calibrating a thermistor?

-The thermistor is connected to circuit with a cell and another resistor with a voltmeter connected in parallel
-Measure temperature and voltage across the resistor
-Use potential divider equation to work out resistance of thermistor

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What happens in the experiment determining EMF and internal resistance?

-Use a circuit with a variable resistor in, connect an ammeter in series and a voltmeter across the cell
-Plot V= E - Ir (V against I)

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What happens in the experiment determining resistivity?

-Use a circuit with a wire in, and a voltmeter which can vary it's length
-measure current and voltage for different lengths and work out resistance
-Then plot R against L and the gradient x area equals resistivity

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What happens in the experiment determining the Youngs modulus of a material?

-Measure the mass of the load to get the force on the wire, measure the original length and extension, measure the diameter in multiple places
- E = (Fx)/(△xA)
-Plot F against △x, the gradient times x/A will, give Youngs modulus

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What happens in the experiment determining the speed of sound?

-Move a microphone connected to a oscilloscope between a loudspeaker and reflector
-Measure the distance between the flat lines on the oscilloscope which equals λ/2
-Plot λ against 1/f and the gradient is the speed of sound

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What happens in the experiment determining the speed of a wave on a string?

-Hang a load on the end of the string which acts as tension and attach a vibrator to the other end
- f =(1/2L)(√T/√µ) v = √T/√µ

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What happens in the experiment determining g?

-Drop a piece of card through two light gates and measure the time it takes and the distance between
-Use 2s/t = at + 2u to get a gradient of a and intercept of 2u

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What happens in the experiment determining viscosity?

-Drop a ball bearing in an unknown liquid and measure the time it takes travelling at terminal velocity between two lines
- W = u + F because its at terminal velocity

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What happens in the experiment measuring wavelength?

-Point a laser through a diffraction grating and measure the distance between maxima and the angle from the centre maxima
- tan⏀ = x/D D is the distance between laser and wall
nλ=dsin⏀ n is the order of maxima
d is the distance between gratings

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What happens in the experiment confirming F=ma?

-Attach a trolley to a string with hanging masses, place an interrupt card on top of the trolley since it will go through light gates
-Measure the the change in velocity and time, take masses off the load and place them on the trolley to conserve mass

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What happens in the experiment investigating the absorption of gamma radiation by lead?

-You place lead between a gamma source and a geiger muller tube (work out background count first)
-Vary the thickness of the lead an take measurements
-Plot lnA=lnA' - μx