Experimentation: An Introduction to Measurement Theory and Experiment Design

Experimentation: An Introduction to Measurement Theory and Experiment Design

Experimentation: An Introduction to Measurement Theory and Experiment Design

Experimentation: An Introduction to Measurement Theory and Experiment Design

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This text is intended for use in first and second year physics laboratory courses for scientists and engineers. The function of such courses varies widely, and this function is changing with time as new approaches to physics education are tried. However, regardless of the actual aim which the designer of a laboratory course has in mind, one point remains invariable. That is that experiments involve measurement. Unless the nature of measurement is clear to the experimenter, the benefit which is sought from carrying out the experiment cannot be fully realized. This text is written, therefore, on the premise that whatever the purpose being served by the laboratory course, consideration of measurement theory and elementary experiment design should not be entirely neglected. In any case, the emphasis on experiment design in engineering is growing to the point where an introduction at elementary levels is becoming essential, and this text is intended to contain the material necessary for this work.

For such a purpose, it is not enough merely to insist that physics laboratory students perform routine error calculations; the process as a whole has to make sense, and sufficient detail is included here to ensure that it does. The . . .

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