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Main Title An introduction to error analysis : the study of uncertainties in physical measurements /
Author Taylor, John R.
Publisher University Science Books,
Year Published 1997
OCLC Number 34150960
ISBN 0935702423; 9780935702422; 093570275X; 9780935702750
Subjects Physical measurements ; Error analysis (Mathematics) ; Mathematical physics ; 3303 measurement and instrumentation in physics--(NL-LeOCL)080452558 ; Mathematical foundations ; Mathématiques ; Statistique ; Méthodes statistiques ; Laboratoires ; Physique ; Science ; Foutenleer ; Meetmethoden ; Natuurkunde ; Analise de erros ; Fisica matematica
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJDM  QC39.T4 1997 Env Science Center Library/Ft Meade,MD 09/17/2012
Edition 2nd ed.
Collation xvii, 327 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references (page 299) and index.
Contents Notes
Preliminary description of error analysis -- How to report and use uncertainties -- Propagation of uncertainties -- Statistical analysis of random uncertainties -- The normal distribution -- Rejection of data -- Weighted averages -- Least-squares fitting -- Covariance and correlation -- The binomial distribution -- The Poisson distribution -- The Chi-squared test for a distribution -- Appendixes. Appendix A. Normal error integral I ; Appendix B. Normal error integral II ; Appendix C. Probabilities for correlation coefficients ; Appendix D. Probabilities for Chi squared ; Appendix E. Two proofs concerning sample standard deviations -- Answers to quick checks and odd-numbered problems. This text by John Taylor introduces the study of uncertainties to lower division science students. Assuming no prior knowledge, the author introduces error analysis through the use of familiar examples ranging from carpentry to well-known historic experiments. Pertinent worked examples, simple exercises throughout the text, and numerous chapter-ending problems combine to make the book ideal for use in physics, chemistry, and engineering lab courses.