Notebook Set-Up and Materials (Non-Assignment)
The latest addition to the appendix of your notebook should be the directions for calculating percent error. Make sure that you have those notes. If you were absent, use a colleague's notes. The general equation is:
[(experimental value - actual value)/actual value] x 100 = percent error
The accepted standard is to use the absolute value of your answer. The convention in our class is to use the value as given in the answer, disregarding absolute value. That way, if the answer is negative, you know that your experimental value was too small by the percentage determined. And conversely, if the answer is positive. your experimental value is too large by the percent determined. Zero percent error means that your experimental value matched the actual value accepted by the worldwide scientific community (as applicable).
Attached is a packet that explains how to multiply and divide when using numbers written in scientific notation.
Attached is a packet that explains math with scientific notation when adding and subtracting.
Attached is a packet that explains the concept of scientific notation.
Attached is the packet that explores the rules of multiplication and division with attention to significant figures.
Attached is the packet that covers addition and subtraction with attention to the rules of significant figures.
Attached is the packet that explains the rules of determining significant figures.
We set up the Physics notebook in a very specific way.
1) The first two pages were saved for a table of contents (TOC)
2) The Next Fresh Page (NFP) started the numbering from #1 - 100, front and back
3) On the NFP (i.e. #101) the title: "Lab Write-up Section" was written ONLY.
4) On the NFP started the numbering #1 - 50, front and back
5) On the NFP (i.e. #51) the title: "Appendix" was written ONLY.
6) On the NFP Roman Numerals were used to number until the end.
Put the reference sheet "Some things to remember when converting" on Page I in Appendix. It is attached below.
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