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A Practical Guide to Data Analysis for Physical Science Students - Louis Lyons

A Practical Guide to Data Analysis for Physical Science Students

Hardcover Published: 29th November 1991
ISBN: 9780521414159
Number Of Pages: 112

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This textbook is intended for undergraduates who are carrying out laboratory experiments in the physical sciences for the first time. It is a practical guide on how to analyze data and estimate errors. The necessary formulas for performing calculations are given, and the ideas behind them are explained, although this is not a formal text on statistics. Specific examples are worked through step by step in the text. Emphasis is placed on the need to think about whether a calculated error is sensible. Students should take this book with them to the laboratory, and the format is intended to make this convenient. The book will provide the necessary understanding of what is involved, should inspire confidence in the method of estimating errors, and enable numerical calculations without too much effort.

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' ... a very useful book ... clear and lucid and designed to be taken into the laboratory ... a valuable contribution to the education of physics undergraduates.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

Preface
Glossary
Experimental errors
Why estimate errors?
Random and systematic errors
Distributions
Mean and variance
Gaussian distribution
The meaning of s
Combining errors
Systematic errors
An example including random and systematic errors
Combining results of different experiments
Worked examples
Does it feel right?
Least squares fitting
What are we trying to do
Weighted sum of squares
Determining the parameters
The error on the gradient and the intercept
Other examples
Observed numbers
Parameter testing
Distribution testing
Worked example of a straight line fit
Summary of straight line fitting
Problems
Appendices
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ISBN: 9780521414159
ISBN-10: 0521414156
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 29th November 1991
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.29

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