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1: Measurements and Uncertainties

1.1. Measurements in Physics

  • SI Units: Fundamental and Derived

  • Significant Figures

  • Metric Prefixes

1.2. Uncertainties and Errors

  • Random and Systematic Errors

  • Absolute, Fractional and Percentage Uncertainties

  • Propagating Uncertainties

  • Uncertainties and Graphs

1.3. Vectors and Scalars

  • What are Vectors and Scalars?

  • Resolving Vectors

  • Vector Addition

  • Vector Subtraction

'A Mathematician, a Biologist and a Physicist are sitting in a street café watching people going in and coming out of the house on the other side of the street. First they see two people going into the house. Time passes. After a while they notice three persons coming out of the house. The Physicist: "The measurement wasn't accurate." The Biologist: "They have reproduced." The Mathematician: "If one person enters the house then it will be empty again." '

Dr R

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