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Homework Help: Physics(Please help, thank you)

Posted by Hannah on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 10:27pm.

I had to do an experiment where a tiny steel ball was measured using a micrometer. There was then a series of calculations that needed to be completed and then a percent error had to be calculated. I think that my data may be incorrect or maybe I am just not doing the calculations correctly but my percent error keeps coming out to be very high.

To start off I had to use the micrometer to find the diameter D(mm) of the steel ball. 5 trials were completed. For the first trial I got 15.90 mm. The volume V=1/6(pi)D^3 had to be calculated next so to do this I plugged 15.9 into the equation 1/6(3.14)(15.90^3) and got 2019. For each trial I plugged my D value into the equation and then to calculate the average Volume I added all the numbers up and divided by 5.

So far before I continue can you please tell me if I did this correctly. Thank you for your help!!

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