# Percentage Error?

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#1
Can anyone tell me the error involved in:
1) 100cm3 gas syringe
2) 5cm3 syringe
3) 2dp stopwatch
4) 10cm3 volumetric pipette

Thank you!

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13 years ago
#2
(Original post by Couldxbe)
Can anyone tell me the error involved in:
1) 100cm3 gas syringe
2) 5cm3 syringe
3) 2dp stopwatch
4) 10cm3 volumetric pipette

Thank you!

Edit: Oops! Wrong forum! Er... let all you clever sciency university people show off... or can the Mods just move it
To calculate the percentage error for the apparatus you need to know the error margin for each piece of equipment. The way I calculated the percentage error for the appartus is by the following formula:

Percentage = Error Uncertainty / Reading x 100

The typical uncertainties for the equipment you mentioned are ( you may need to check these, because I don't know the accuracy of the equipment you used):

1) 100cm³ gas syringe ± 0.5cm³
2) 5cm³ syringe ± 0.05cm³
3) 2dp stopwatch ± 0.01s
4) 10cm³ volumetric pipette ± 0.2cm³

The percentage error for these is therefore:

1) 100cm³ gas syringe ± 0.005%
2) 5cm³ syringe ± 0.01%
3) 2dp stopwatch ± 0.01s (T. The human reaction times can vary and but I estimate around ±0.1s. The error in judging the reading is therefore bigger that the error from the stop clock. Therefore this error can be ignored.
4) 10cm³ volumetric pipette ± 0.02%

If you have any more problems, don't be afraid to ask
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13 years ago
#3
To work out the overall percentage error, you just add up all the individual percentage errors of the equipment you've used, right?
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13 years ago
#4
Its all explained here:

http://www.rod.beavon.clara.net/err_exp.htm

Rod Beavons has some useful advice illustrated with worked examples. This part of his web site can help you to deal with estimating and combining errors.
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13 years ago
#5
What be the percentage error for:

250cm3 measuring cylindor
WEIGHING SCALE TO 2DP
25 CM3 PIPPETE
100cm3 burrette

Thanks
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9 years ago
#6
(Original post by Method)
To calculate the percentage error for the apparatus you need to know the error margin for each piece of equipment. The way I calculated the percentage error for the appartus is by the following formula:

Percentage = Error Uncertainty / Reading x 100

The typical uncertainties for the equipment you mentioned are ( you may need to check these, because I don't know the accuracy of the equipment you used):

1) 100cm³ gas syringe ± 0.5cm³
2) 5cm³ syringe ± 0.05cm³
3) 2dp stopwatch ± 0.01s
4) 10cm³ volumetric pipette ± 0.2cm³

The percentage error for these is therefore:

1) 100cm³ gas syringe ± 0.005%
2) 5cm³ syringe ± 0.01%
3) 2dp stopwatch ± 0.01s (T. The human reaction times can vary and but I estimate around ±0.1s. The error in judging the reading is therefore bigger that the error from the stop clock. Therefore this error can be ignored.
4) 10cm³ volumetric pipette ± 0.02%

If you have any more problems, don't be afraid to ask
Hi,

How did you get 0.005% for the gas syringe?
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9 years ago
#7
(Original post by Method)
To calculate the percentage error for the apparatus you need to know the error margin for each piece of equipment. The way I calculated the percentage error for the appartus is by the following formula:

Percentage = Error Uncertainty / Reading x 100

The typical uncertainties for the equipment you mentioned are ( you may need to check these, because I don't know the accuracy of the equipment you used):

1) 100cm³ gas syringe ± 0.5cm³
2) 5cm³ syringe ± 0.05cm³
3) 2dp stopwatch ± 0.01s
4) 10cm³ volumetric pipette ± 0.2cm³

The percentage error for these is therefore:

1) 100cm³ gas syringe ± 0.005%
2) 5cm³ syringe ± 0.01%
3) 2dp stopwatch ± 0.01s (T. The human reaction times can vary and but I estimate around ±0.1s. The error in judging the reading is therefore bigger that the error from the stop clock. Therefore this error can be ignored.
4) 10cm³ volumetric pipette ± 0.02%

If you have any more problems, don't be afraid to ask

What is the level of accuracy of a burette in each reading? Use your answer to calc the percentage error in the titre volume of 11.30cm³

± 0.05cm³
(0.05*2)/11.30 * 100 = 0.88% which was correct

If I try it with 2), I do (0.05*2)/5 *100= 2% (assuming the volume measured is 5cm³) Not sure what you did, can you go through it please?
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9 years ago
#8
(Original post by Phalange)

What is the level of accuracy of a burette in each reading? Use your answer to calc the percentage error in the titre volume of 11.30cm³

± 0.05cm³
(0.05*2)/11.30 * 100 = 0.88% which was correct

If I try it with 2), I do (0.05*2)/5 *100= 2% (assuming the volume measured is 5cm³) Not sure what you did, can you go through it please?
hi,

when u did "0.05*2)/11.30 * 100 = 0.88%" why did u multiply 0.05 by two?

Thanks.
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9 years ago
#9
(Original post by tammy-04)
hi,

when u did "0.05*2)/11.30 * 100 = 0.88%" why did u multiply 0.05 by two?

Thanks.
From what I learnt, the error can be +0.05 or -0.05, so the total error is 0.05+0.05
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5 years ago
#10
Try this online resource I found- 'A Little Book of Tips for Titrations for Teachers'

It is a word document that has a section on percentage error at the end. It also has the actual error values for equipment.
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2 years ago
#11
Hello, I'm Annika and I'm really confused about the uncertainty ±0.05 being multiplied by 2 so as to find the percentage error. May I know what that actually meant and how to be so sure of a uncertainty being multiplied by 1 or more? Because some of them from my experiments are multiplied by 1. (Sorry for posting this 6 years and 16 days later)
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2 years ago
#12
(Original post by NikkaTan)
Hello, I'm Annika and I'm really confused about the uncertainty ±0.05 being multiplied by 2 so as to find the percentage error. May I know what that actually meant and how to be so sure of a uncertainty being multiplied by 1 or more? Because some of them from my experiments are multiplied by 1. (Sorry for posting this 6 years and 16 days later)

https://www.rsc.org/cpd/resource/RES...id=CMP00005080

This explains percentage error really nicely, hope it helps
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2 years ago
#13
Hi, bit late but I believe you multiply by two because you measure the burette twice. Once before the titre to see the starting point and once after to see the end. Because of this there is 2×percenrage error one for each measurement.
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