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QUESTION: 1

The accuracy in the measurement of time for 20 oscillations of pendulum for the following measurements, t_{1} = 39.6 s, t_{2} = 39.9 s and t_{3} = 39.5 s is:

Solution:

According to the problem time for 20 oscillations of a pendulum

t_{1 }= 3 9.6s, t_{2 }= 39.9s, t_{3} =3 9.5s

It is quite obvious from these observations that the least count by the water is 0.1s. As measurements have only one decimal place.

**► **Precision in measurement = least count of measuring instrument = 0.1s

**► **Precision in 20 oscillations = 0.1

Therefore, Precision in 1 oscillation = 0.1/ 20= 0.005.

QUESTION: 2

Which of the following is caused by careless handling?

Solution:

Gross errors are mostly due to lack of knowledge, judgment and care on the part of experiment. That is Gross error is caused by careless handling.

QUESTION: 3

A student measures the distance covered and time taken by a body under free fall which was initially at rest. He uses this data for estimating g, the acceleration due to gravity. If the maximum percentage error in measurement of the distance and the time are e_{1} and e_{2 }respectively, then the maximum possible percentage error in the estimation of g is:

Solution:

From the releation

h= 1/2gt^{2 } ⇒ g = 2h/t^{2}

Taking natural logarithms on both sides, we get

ln (g) = ln (h) - 2ln (t) + ln (2)

Differentiating

for maximum permissible errors , we add both the errors . so

QUESTION: 4

Error in the measurement of radius of a sphere is 1%. The error in the calculated value of its volume is:

Solution:

∵ V = (4/3)πr^{3}

% error is volume = 3 × error in radius = 3 × 1 = 3%

QUESTION: 5

The error in two readings of A are 0.01 and -0.03, then mean absolute error is?

Solution:

Absolute error

Mean absolute error

QUESTION: 6

At a certain place, the acceleration due to gravity is determined using a simple pendulum. The length of the pendulum is 25.0 cm and a stopwatch with least count is 1 s measures the time taken by the pendulum for 40 oscilations to be 50 s. the accuracy in the measurement of g is:

Solution:

QUESTION: 7

The most suitable instrument for measuring the size of an atom is:

Solution:

Only electron microscope has resolution of 0.5-0.6 Angstrom which is less than the size of an atom.

QUESTION: 8

Which is the most accurate atomic clock?

Solution:

**Cesium 133** is the element most commonly chosen for atomic clocks.

QUESTION: 9

The method used to measure the distance of a planet from the earth is:

Solution:

The astronomers mainly use parallax **method** to find **distances** to objects like other **planets**. To **calculate the distance** to a star or to a **planet**, astronomers observe it from different places along **Earth's** orbit around the Sun.

QUESTION: 10

What is the percentage error in the physical quantity A if it is related to four other physical quantities a, b, c and d as The percentage error in measurement of a, b, c and d are 1%, 3%, 2% and 2% respectively.

Solution:

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