As we have seen in the previous post it is important to know how to determine the uncertainty for derived quantities.
Let us see how to determine how to determine the uncertainty of a derived quantity when an addition or a subtraction is performed.
In an experiment two quantities are measured as shown.
A = 56.4 +_0.1 cm
B = 12.2+_0.1 cm
If a derived quantity C is given by the equation below
C = A + B
= o.2 cm
C = 56.4 + 12.2 = 68.6 cm
C = 68.6 +-0.2 cm
If you want to calculate C and the equation relating C to A and B is
C = A – B
If C = 56.4 – 12.2 = 44.2 cm
then C = 44.2 +-0.2 cm
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