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Introduction to Measurement Uncertainty for Students and Professionals Incorporating the GUM (Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement)

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ISBN-10: 0521844282

ISBN-13: 9780521844284

Edition: 2006

Authors: Les Kirkup, Bob Frenkel

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Measurement shapes scientific theories, characterises improvements in manufacturing processes and promotes efficient commerce. In concert with measurement is uncertainty, and students in science and engineering need to identify and quantify uncertainties in the measurements they make. This book introduces measurement and uncertainty to second and third year students of science and engineering. Its approach relies on the internationally recognised and recommended guidelines for calculating and expressing uncertainty (known by the acronym GUM). The statistics underpinning the methods are considered and worked examples and exercises are spread throughout the text. Detailed case studies based on typical undergraduate experiments are included to reinforce the principles described in the book. This guide is also useful to professionals in industry who are expected to know the contemporary methods in this increasingly important area. Additional online resources are available to support the book at www.cambridge.org/9780521605793.
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Book details

List price: $80.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/1/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 248
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Preface
The importance of uncertainty in science and technology
Measurement fundamentals
Terms used in measurement
Introduction to uncertainty in measurement
Some statistical concepts
Systematic errors
Calculation of uncertainties
Probability density, the Gaussian distribution and the Central Limit Theorem
Sampling a Gaussian distribution
The t-distribution, and the Welch-Satterthwaite formula
Case studies in measurement uncertainty
Appendices
References
Index