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1. Hey, I'm having trouble calculation percentage error.

The question is: "The balance has a maximum error of +-0.005 g in each reading. Calculate the percentage error in your mass of sodium hydrogencarbonate"

So far I have -

Mass of NaHCO3 - 2.10g
How many times it's been read - once so 1 x 0.005 = 0.005

Then I used the calculation
Percentage error = maximum error / measurement value x 100

0.005 / 2.10 x 100 = 0.238%? This doesn't seem right to me.
I also tried it the other way
2.10 / 0.005 x 100 = 4200% which is definitely wrong...

What am I doing wrong?!
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3. (Original post by KingAuthor)
Hey, I'm having trouble calculation percentage error.

The question is: "The balance has a maximum error of +-0.005 g in each reading. Calculate the percentage error in your mass of sodium hydrogencarbonate"

So far I have -

Mass of NaHCO3 - 2.10g
How many times it's been read - once so 1 x 0.005 = 0.005

Then I used the calculation
Percentage error = maximum error / measurement value x 100

0.005 / 2.10 x 100 = 0.238%? This doesn't seem right to me.
I also tried it the other way
2.10 / 0.005 x 100 = 4200% which is definitely wrong...

What am I doing wrong?!
Hi, did you manage to solve it?

I am having a similar problem.

Each balance reading has an uncertainty of ±5.00 mg.
Calculate the percentage error in the initial mass of ore used.
The initial pass of the ore had a mass of 6.26g.
0.01/6.26 * 100 =0.160% Why isnt it 0.005/6.26*100?
4. (Original post by Sam1500)
Hi, did you manage to solve it?

I am having a similar problem.

Each balance reading has an uncertainty of ±5.00 mg.
Calculate the percentage error in the initial mass of ore used.
The initial pass of the ore had a mass of 6.26g.
0.01/6.26 * 100 =0.160% Why isnt it 0.005/6.26*100?
Was it measured twice?
5. (Original post by Zacken)
Was it measured twice?
This is the original questions

A sample of strontium ore is known to contain strontium oxide, strontium carbonate and some inert impurities. To determine the mass of strontium carbonate present, a student weighed a sample of the solid ore and then heated it in a crucible for 5 minutes. The sample was allowed to cool and then reweighed. This heating, cooling and reweighing was carried out three times.

Mass of crucible/ g 9.85
Mass of crucible and ore sample / g 16.11
mass of crucible and sample after first heating 14.66
Mass of crucible and sample after second heating 14.58

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