Introduction to Measurement (advanced high school/intro college level)
as part of its collaboration with the SERC Pedagogic Service.
After reading this packet, and doing the problems, students should be able to:
Distinguish between error and uncertainty
Recognize that all measurements have uncertainty
Identify types of error and sources of error and how to detect/minimize error
Estimate, describe, and express uncertainty in measurements and calculations
Using uncertainty to describe the results of their own lab work
Compare measured values and determine whether values are the same within stated uncertainty
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Microsoft Word version Introduction to Measurement (advanced high school/intro college) (Microsoft Word 12.5MB Nov4 09)
Solutions Measurement and Uncertainty Packet solutions (Acrobat (PDF) 639kB Mar6 16)
Teaching Notes and Tips
Read about the complete process for how to integrate measurement and uncertainty.
References and Resources
Introduction to Measurement in the Physics Laboratory. A Probabilistic Approach, Ed. 3.4 A. Buffler, S. Allie, F. Lubben, and B. Campbell, (Department of Physics, University of Cape Town, 2007). A 140-page document intended to teach effective measurement technique to college science majors.
NIST Reference on Constants, Units and Uncertainty