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What is the relationship between the accuracy and uncertainty of a measurement?

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Prescriptions for vision correction are given in units called diopters (D). Determine the meaning of that unit. Obtain information (perhaps by calling an optometrist or performing an internet search) on the minimum uncertainty with which corrections in diopters are determined and the accuracy with which corrective lenses can be produced. Discuss the sources of uncertainties in both the prescription and accuracy in the manufacture of lenses.

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Problems&Exercises

Express your answers to problems in this section to the correct number of significant figures and proper units.

Suppose that your bathroom scale reads your mass as 65 kg with a 3% uncertainty. What is the uncertainty in your mass (in kilograms)?

2 kg

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A good-quality measuring tape can be off by 0.50 cm over a distance of 20 m. What is its percent uncertainty?

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(a) A car speedometer has a 5.0 % size 12{5.0%} {} uncertainty. What is the range of possible speeds when it reads 90 km/h size 12{"90"" km/h"} {} ? (b) Convert this range to miles per hour. 1 km = 0.6214 mi size 12{"1 km" "=" "0.6214 mi"} {}

  1. 85 . 5 to 94 . 5 km/h size 12{"85" "." 5" to 94" "." "5 km/h"} {}
  2. 53 . 1 to 58 . 7 mi/h size 12{"53" "." 1" to 58" "." "7 mi/h"} {}
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An infant’s pulse rate is measured to be 130 ± 5 size 12{"130" +- 5} {} beats/min. What is the percent uncertainty in this measurement?

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(a) Suppose that a person has an average heart rate of 72.0 beats/min. How many beats does he or she have in 2.0 y? (b) In 2.00 y? (c) In 2.000 y?

(a) 7 . 6 × 10 7  beats size 12{7 "." 6 times "10" rSup { size 8{7} } " beats"} {}

(b) 7 . 57 × 10 7  beats size 12{7 "." "57" times "10" rSup { size 8{7} } " beats"} {}

(c) 7 . 57 × 10 7  beats size 12{7 "." "57" times "10" rSup { size 8{7} } " beats"} {}

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A can contains 375 mL of soda. How much is left after 308 mL is removed?

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State how many significant figures are proper in the results of the following calculations: (a) 106 . 7 98 . 2 / 46 . 210 1 . 01 size 12{ left ("106" "." 7 right ) left ("98" "." 2 right )/ left ("46" "." "210" right ) left (1 "." "01" right )} {} (b) 18 . 7 2 size 12{ left ("18" "." 7 right ) rSup { size 8{2} } } {} (c) 1 . 60 × 10 19 3712 size 12{ left (1 "." "60" times "10" rSup { size 8{ - "19"} } right ) left ("3712" right )} {} .

  1. 3
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(a) How many significant figures are in the numbers 99 and 100? (b) If the uncertainty in each number is 1, what is the percent uncertainty in each? (c) Which is a more meaningful way to express the accuracy of these two numbers, significant figures or percent uncertainties?

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(a) If your speedometer has an uncertainty of 2 . 0 km/h size 12{2 "." 0" km/h"} {} at a speed of 90 km/h size 12{"90"" km/h"} {} , what is the percent uncertainty? (b) If it has the same percent uncertainty when it reads 60 km/h size 12{"60"" km/h"} {} , what is the range of speeds you could be going?

a) 2 . 2 % size 12{3 "." 3%} {}

(b) 59 to 61 km/h size 12{"59 to 61 km/h"} {}

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(a) A person’s blood pressure is measured to be 120 ± 2 mm Hg size 12{"120" +- 2" mm Hg"} {} . What is its percent uncertainty? (b) Assuming the same percent uncertainty, what is the uncertainty in a blood pressure measurement of 80 mm Hg size 12{"80"" mm Hg"} {} ?

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A person measures his or her heart rate by counting the number of beats in 30 s size 12{"30"" s"} {} . If 40 ± 1 size 12{"40" +- 1} {} beats are counted in 30 . 0 ± 0 . 5 s size 12{"30" "." 0 +- 0 "." 5" s"} {} , what is the heart rate and its uncertainty in beats per minute?

80 ± 3 beats/min size 12{"80" +- 3`"beats/min"} {}

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What is the area of a circle 3 . 102 cm size 12{3 "." "102"" cm"} {} in diameter?

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If a marathon runner averages 9.5 mi/h, how long does it take him or her to run a 26.22-mi marathon?

2 . 8 h size 12{2 "." 8" h"} {}

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A marathon runner completes a 42 . 188 -km size 12{"42" "." "188""-km"} {} course in 2 h size 12{2" h"} {} , 30 min, and 12 s size 12{"12"" s"} {} . There is an uncertainty of 25 m size 12{"25"" m"} {} in the distance traveled and an uncertainty of 1 s in the elapsed time. (a) Calculate the percent uncertainty in the distance. (b) Calculate the uncertainty in the elapsed time. (c) What is the average speed in meters per second? (d) What is the uncertainty in the average speed?

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The sides of a small rectangular box are measured to be 1 . 80 ± 0 . 01 cm size 12{1 "." "80" +- 0 "." "01"" cm"} {} , {} 2 . 05 ± 0 . 02 cm, and 3 . 1 ± 0 . 1 cm size 12{2 "." "05" +- 0 "." "02"" cm, and 3" "." 1 +- 0 "." "1 cm"} {} long. Calculate its volume and uncertainty in cubic centimeters.

11 ± 1 cm 3 size 12{"11" +- 1" cm" rSup { size 8{3} } } {}

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When non-metric units were used in the United Kingdom, a unit of mass called the pound-mass (lbm) was employed, where 1 lbm = 0 . 4539 kg size 12{1" lbm"=0 "." "4539"`"kg"} {} . (a) If there is an uncertainty of 0 . 0001 kg size 12{0 "." "0001"`"kg"} {} in the pound-mass unit, what is its percent uncertainty? (b) Based on that percent uncertainty, what mass in pound-mass has an uncertainty of 1 kg when converted to kilograms?

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The length and width of a rectangular room are measured to be 3 . 955 ± 0 . 005 m size 12{3 "." "955" +- 0 "." "005"" m"} {} and 3 . 050 ± 0 . 005 m size 12{3 "." "050" +- 0 "." "005"" m"} {} . Calculate the area of the room and its uncertainty in square meters.

12 . 06 ± 0 . 04 m 2 size 12{"12" "." "06" +- 0 "." "04"" m" rSup { size 8{2} } } {}

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A car engine moves a piston with a circular cross section of 7 . 500 ± 0 . 002 cm size 12{7 "." "500" +- 0 "." "002"`"cm"} {} diameter a distance of 3 . 250 ± 0 . 001 cm size 12{3 "." "250" +- 0 "." "001"`"cm"} {} to compress the gas in the cylinder. (a) By what amount is the gas decreased in volume in cubic centimeters? (b) Find the uncertainty in this volume.

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Questions & Answers

Water is flowing in a pipe with a varying cross-sectional area, and at all points the water completely fills the pipe. At point 1 the cross-sectional area of the pipe is 0.077 m2, and the magnitude of the fluid velocity is 3.50 m/s. (a) What is the fluid speed at points in the pipe where the cross
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