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b.) the relative error in the measured length of the field. Answer this question Flag as... so divide by the exact value and make it a percentage: 65/325 = 0.2 = 20% Percentage Error is all about comparing a guess or estimate to an exact value. Todd also writes many of the example problems and general news articles found on the site.

Flag as... Place the fraction in decimal form. Tips Some teachers like the percent error to be rounded to a certain point; most people will be satisfied with the percent error rounded to three significant digits. The percent of error is found by multiplying the relative error by 100%.

We will only use it to inform you about new math lessons. Reply ↓ Todd Helmenstine Post authorJanuary 28, 2016 at 2:15 pm Thanks for pointing that out. Chemistry Homework Help Worked Chemistry Problems How To Calculate Percent Error Sample Percent Error Calculation Percent error is a common lab report calculation used to express the difference between a measured Yes No Can you tell us more?

Flag as duplicate Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 3 Helpful 4 Unanswered Questions How can I find the value of capital a-hypothetical? You look up the density of a block aluminum at room temperature and find it to be 2.70 g/cm3. Thanks, You're in!

Since the measurement was made to the nearest tenth, the greatest possible error will be half of one tenth, or 0.05. 2. Avoid the error called "parallax" -- always take readings by looking straight down (or ahead) at the measuring device. However, after he carefully measured his height a second time, he found his real height to be 5 feet. We will be working with relative error.

To get to know to what extent error is there we go for percent error. Did you mean ? Apply correct techniques when using the measuring instrument and reading the value measured. The precision is said to be the same as the smallest fractional or decimal division on the scale of the measuring instrument.