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Measurements and their Uncertainties

A practical guide to modern error analysis

Ifan Hughes and Thomas Hase

July 2010

ISBN: 9780199566334

160 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

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Price: £19.99

This short guide to modern error analysis is primarily intended to be used in undergraduate laboratories in the physical sciences. No prior knowledge of statistics is assumed. The necessary concepts are introduced where needed and illustrated graphically. The book emphasises the use of computers for error calculations and data fitting.

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This short guide to modern error analysis is primarily intended to be used in undergraduate laboratories in the physical sciences. No prior knowledge of statistics is assumed. The necessary concepts are introduced where needed and illustrated graphically. The book emphasises the use of computers for error calculations and data fitting.

  • Solutions manual available on request from the OUP website
  • A concise, easy-to-read introduction to error analysis.
  • Emphasis on computer analysis of experimental data.
  • A laboratory handbook that can be used by both undergraduates and researchers.
  • Rules-of-thumb and look-up tables for ease of reference.
  • Worked examples and end-of-chapter problems.

About the Author(s)

Ifan Hughes, Department of Physics, University of Durham, and Thomas Hase, Department of Physics, University of Warwick

Table of Contents

    1:Errors in the physical sciences
    2:Random errors in measurement
    3:Uncertainties as probabilities
    4:Error propagation
    5:Data visualisation and reduction
    6:Least-squares fitting of complex functions
    7:Computer minimisation and the error matrix
    8:Hypothesis testing - how good are our models
    9:Topics for further summary

Reviews

With the shift from analytic methods to spreadsheet-based techniques, this book will enable students simultaneously to (a) become fluent in the choice and application of appropriate methods (b) understand the underlying principles. - David Saxon, University of Glasgow

This is a rather beautiful little book. - David J. Hand, International Statistical Review

Additional Resources

A solutions manual is available for this title. Please click here to order your copy.

A solutions manual is available for this title. Please click here to order your copy.

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