Procedures Used: Procedures were followed in accordance with those outlined in the PHYS-210 laboratory hand out, for experiment V: thin lenses. No significant derivations were made from the laboratory handout. However, for the determine of the focal point of the ...
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...e, but not accurate according to the known value, causing a high discrepancy.
2. I believe that our measurements, at least the statistically calculated measurements, are far more accurate than the manufacturer’s stated focal lengths. From our experimental results, we see that there’s a significantly low standard deviation of the mean for both converging lens (0.0004 m and 0.0005 m, respectively). In addition, both fractional errors are very low, indicating that random error was only 0.4% and 0.2% of the mean’s value in each experimental procedure. Therefore, there was either an extremely stable systematic error, or the manufacturer has limited quality control on their lenses. Because there wasn’t any physical systematic error evident that was obvious within the experimental procedure, we can conclude that the manufacturer’s estimated focal point was probably off.
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