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With the start of the digital hand calculator and the demise of the slide rule, the educating of basic chemistry entered a brand new period. regrettably, the alculator
did now not carry automated realizing of chemistry reading and fixing difficulties is simply as tricky as ever. the necessity for distinct reasons, drill, and assessment difficulties remains to be with us.

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Because the normal distribution curve is so regular, it is useful to express the average result in a form that reflects some particular percentage of the measurements, rather than listing the particular extremes obtained. For example, you might wish to report the result as fj, ± to; where t is chosen so that the range will include some particular percentage of the measurements. 4% of the measurements. Suppose you wish to report a range that includes 80% of the measurements; in this case, you will need to consult a t table such as Table 5-1 to find the appropriate value o f t .

Although the United States, Great Britain, and Canada have officially resolved to convert to the metric system, it will be many years before the conversion is complete. In the meantime, you must learn to convert from one system to the other. 946 liter/qt, and 454 g/lb) should be memorized, for they will take care of essentially all the interconversions you will have to make. In addition, you should know the formulas for converting from Fahrenheit to Celsius temperatures and vice versa. The customary units of days, hours, minutes, and seconds are used in both systems for the measurement of time.

Note that you don't know the true value (you didn't take many measurements). You must use the average (x) of your measurements as the best measure available as a substitute for the true value. Note also that the value oft you choose will depend on the sample size (n) as well as on the confidence level you desire. The confidence interval will get larger as the number of determinations gets smaller, or as the confidence level increases. The Precision of the Mean The main objective of making a series of measurements usually is to find the true value, and we would like to indicate the confidence we may have in the listribution of Errors 57 iverage of our values.

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