2 MeasurementsMuch of what we know about the physical world has been obtained from measurements made in the labQuantitative Observationsthree parts to any measurementNumerical valueUnit of measurementAn estimate of uncertainty
3 Uncertainty All Measurements have some degree of error User error Instrument ErrorDescription of ErrorAccuracy and Precision
4 AccuracyCorrectA measurement is accurate if it correctly reflects the size of the thing being measured
5 Precision"repeatable, reliable, getting the same measurement each time.“Determined by the scale on the instrument
6 Precise and AccurateThis pattern is both precise and accurate. The darts are tightly clustered and their average position is the center of the bull's
7 Neither Accurate nor Precise This is a random-like pattern, neither precise nor accurate. The darts are not clustered together and are not near the bull's eye.
8 What Effects Accuracy & Precision PRECISION: – is a determination of the reproducibility of a measurement.– tells you how closely several measurements agree with one another.– precision is affected by random errors.ACCURACY: – closeness of a measurement to a true, accepted value.– is subject to systematic errors (errors which are off in the same direction, either too high or too low)What went wrong?· The balance may not have been zeroed,· The pan of the balance may have been dirty?The instrument is damagedThe skills of the user are bad
9 Measurements and Significant Figures Numerical value must be recorded with the proper number of significant figures.The number of significant figures depends on the scale of the instrument used and is equal to the known from the marked scale plus on estimated digit.This last digit gives the uncertainty of the measurement and gives the precision of the instrument.Scientist indicate the precision of a measurement with the use of significant figuresA system to communicate the precision of measurementsAgreed Upon by allAll known digits plus one estimated digit
10 The Metric Ruler Marked to the ones Estimate to the tenths place Less precise9.5 cmMarked to the tenthsEstimate to the hundredths placeMore precise9.51 cm
11 Calculations of Error Error = (measured value – accepted value) Percent Error = (measured value – accepted value) ÷ accepted value x 100 %
15 Rules for Recognizing Significant Figures Non-Zero digits are significant.2563699945Any zeroes between two sig figs are significant.2051.0002Final zeroes to the right of the decimal point are significant.1.078.200Placeholder zeroes are not significant. Convert to scientific notation to remove these placeholder zeroes.2000.01.0101.5 x 10x 108.90 x 10Counting numbers and defined constants have an infinite number of sig figs.
16 Significant Figures in Calculations The answer to a calculation with measurements can be no more precise than the least precise number.
17 Addition and Subtraction When you add and subtract with measurements your answer must have the same number of digits to the right of the decimal point as the value with the fewest digits to the right of the decimal point. Example28.00 cm cm cm = cm rounded to 2 places past the decimal cm
18 Multiplication and Division When you multiply and divide with measurements your answer must have the same number of significant digits as the measurement with the fewest significant figures.ExampleCalculate the volume of the rectangle that is cm long, 3.20 cm high, and 2.05 cm wide.V = l x w x hV = 3.20cm x 2.05 cm x 3.65 cm = cm rounded to 3 sig figs = 23.9 cm3
19 Rounding If the rounded digit is < 5, the digit is dropped If the rounded digit is > 5, the digit is increasedExample 1g rounded to 3 sig figs 7.78 g124 g rounded to 2 sig figs 120g% rounded to 2 sig figs 14 %g rounded to 2 sig figs g
20 Example 2When performing multi step calculations, it is often better to carry the extra digits and round in the final step.Calculate the volume of a cylinder with a diameter of 1.27 cm and a height of 6.14 cmV = ∏d2h4V = cm3 round to 3 sig figs = cm3