A Practical Guide to Data Analysis for Physical Science Students
By (author) Louis Lyons
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Practical Guide to Data Analysis for Physical Science Students by Louis Lyons
Book DescriptionIt is usually straightforward to calculate the result of a practical experiment in the laboratory. Estimating the accuracy of that result is often regarded by students as an obscure and tedious routine, involving much arithmetic. An estimate of the error is, however, an integral part of the presentation of the results of experiments. This textbook is intended for undergraduates who are carrying out laboratory experiments in the physical sciences for the first time. It is a practical guide on how to analyse data and estimate errors. The necessary formulas for performing calculations are given, and the ideas behind them are explained, although this is not a formal text on statistics. Specific examples are worked through step by step in the text. Emphasis is placed on the need to think about whether a calculated error is sensible. At first students should take this book with them to the laboratory, and the format is intended to make this convenient. The book will provide the necessary understanding of what is involved, should inspire confidence in the method of estimating errors, and enable numerical calculations without too much effort. The author's aim is to make practical classes more enjoyable. Students who use this book will be able to complete their calculations quickly and confidently, leaving time to appreciate the basic physical ideas involved in the experiments.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521414159
(228mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Nov-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Louis Lyons
All You Wanted to Know About Mathematics but Were Afraid to Ask, Hardback (April 1998)
This 1998 book is part of a two volume set covering all the mathematics needed for introductory courses in the physical sciences.
All You Wanted to Know About Mathematics But Were Afraid to Ask: Volume 1, Hardback (October 1995)
Practical and entertaining maths for science, addressing the real world rather than dry theorems.
Practical Guide to Data Analysis for Physical Science Students, Paperback (November 1991)
A textbook for undergraduates carrying out laboratory experiments in the physical sciences. The author's aim is to make practical classes more enjoyable.
Statistics for Nuclear and Particle Physicists, Paperback (April 1989)» View all books by Louis Lyons
This book, written by a non-statistician for non-statisticians, emphasizes the practical approach to those problems in statistics which arise regularly in data analysis situations in nuclear and high-energy physics experiments.
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