The result of sampling the property of a system

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How precise can current technologies measure the mass of an object?

Masses of various objects are listed on this wikipedia page: Orders of magnitude (mass). For example, mass of an HIV-1 virus is on the order of 1 femtogram. Are these data actually measured (which I ...
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Why does't the use of the same number of significant digits result in consistent result?

Here is a table: $ \begin{array}{ c c c c c c c } Trial number & Time for 20 cycles & Period & Frequency & Wavelength & Velocity (wavelength*frequency) & Velocity ...
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Measuring very long half lives accurately

There are already some questions about long half life times for radioactive elements, explaining how to calculate the half life time. Now I am wondering: When you have some radioactive material and ...
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Measurement on two Qubits

Assuming I have two Qubits, i.e. a four-dim. Hilbert space. In the following, I choose the basis {|11>,|10>,|01>,|00>}. I want to have a look on the non-diagonal part <11|$\rho$|00>. How can I ...
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Entanglement of kinetic energy [closed]

Mass-energy is conserved in particle events. Consider a scattering event where a certain amount of kinetic energy is conserved between two emitted particles. However the velocities (and thus the ...
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Total uncertainty of multiple stereo camera depth measurements

I have a stereo camera that measures depth for a rectangular area of pixels in a single image. Each depth measurement is obtained independently (this goes back to the stereo matching algorithm used). ...
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Calculating statistical significance of peak over background in counting experiment

I histogrammed the invariant masses of particular events in a counting experiment. There is a specific peak which towers over the expected exponential background. How can I give the statistical ...
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Correction for uncertainty of multiplications and divisions

The conventional means of obtaining uncertainty of $c$ where $c = a \cdot b$ is adding percentage uncertainty of $a$ and $b$. This method seems to have a flaw as shown below (please excuse me if I am ...
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Rarefaction/compression events detection using time resolved sound measurement

I had a question about sound measurement in air using a B&K condenser microphone. In the acquired time resolved sound measurement signal I can see both negative and positive voltages/ pressure ...
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Why the Du Noüy ring method does not depend on the material the ring is made of?

Du Noüy ring method is a way to measure surface tension. Why the measured force, $$F= 2\pi \cdot (r_i + r_a) \cdot \gamma$$ does not depend on the material the ring itself is made of? Wouldn't a ...
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Terminology for 'inferring the current state of a quantum system as it evolves and gets measured out of your control'

Suppose I hand you a quantum computer in an unknown state, but running a known program. You know the program and which part of the program is currently being executed. The program tells the computer ...
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Frequency combs measurment

How is a frequency comb actually used to measure something? For example: I don't know the length of my pen, so I take a ruler and measure it -- it reads 10 cm, so now I know my pen is 10 cm. From my ...
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How to quantify the level of non determinism / randomness in the universe

I recently read a little about the Bell test (I'm not a physicist, but reasonably well educated) and I started wondering if there is a way to express the level of non-determinism as a single number ...
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Finding the random uncertainty of a set of values [closed]

Ok, for the switch-on voltage of a red LED I have the readings as follows, all in volts: $$ 1.45, 1.46, 1.46, 1.44, 1.45 $$ The mean of these readings, in volts, is $1.45$ (I rounded up to $2$ decimal ...
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Decoherence Free Subspaces and how they stay this way, using the Zeno Effect

I am currently reading papers discussing the Zeno Effect, which discuss how measuring a system at high frequencies can almost freeze the state of a system, or keep the system in a specific subspace of ...
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How is the total spin of a particle actually measured?

Say I have a fermion whose total spin I do not know. I then use a stern gerlach setup to measure $S_z$. If I find +1/2, I could say that the total spin is $1/2$. But it could also be the eigenket ...
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Radius of $n^\rm{th}$ orbit of an atom in terms of Bohr's Radius

Bohr's Radius$=0.529$ Angstroms My book says that the radius of $nth$ orbit of any atom can be calculated by: $$r=n^2 a_o$$ where $a_o$ is Bohr's Radius. But I think it should be given by following ...
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How to find the error of all the counts within the Full Width Half Maximum (FWHM)?

We've been doing Gamma ray spectroscopy and have peaks from various sources. We'd use Poisson statistics, but obviously the detector doesn't have a resolution of zero, thus we are summing the counts ...
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Could neutrinos be used to take high resolution pictures of atomic nuclei?

Of course, this is obviously not feasible with modern technology but is it theoretically possible?
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Practicality of measuring observables

In quantum mechanics Hermitian operators acting on the Hilbert space of a system are observables. From what I understand this means that there is some measurement we can do such that the eigenvalues ...
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How well can we localize gravitational wave sources?

A recent question cited a story about the recent gravitational wave detection saying that we can use the gravitational wave sensing to find supernova earlier in their process of collapse: [with ...
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How to (safely) measure the surface area of a human body? [closed]

Here's a question just for curiosity. You measure mass on scales. You could measure volume by submerging in a bath with a snorkel system. But how could you measure a living human's surface area ...
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How could the BOE (barrel of oil equivalent) be measured?

The barrel of oil equivalent was given as an example of gigajoule scale energy. "The barrel of oil equivalent (BOE) is a unit of energy based on the approximate energy released by burning one barrel ...
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Calculate how many photons hitting a sample that are absorbed

In the determination of the quantum yield of a photoisomerization, $\Phi,$ the following is needed $$ \Phi = \frac{\mbox{Number of "reactions"}}{\mbox{Number of absorbed photons}} $$ The photon flux ...
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Venturi “Turn Down” [closed]

I'm sorry if this isn't the right forum for this question, but physics is the only stackexchange which had many results for Venturi. I'm trying to measure the flow of air through a 16mm hose/pipe ...
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Is there any well-defined, measurable atomic size?

Is there any well-defined, measurable size at the atomic scale? I was under the impression that the van der Waals radius was a good way of describing the size of an atom, but it turns out to be a ...
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Is there a tool to measure the chemical potential of a system?

Let's suppose I put you inside a room filled with a gas. You can measure its pressure directly with a barometer. You can measure its temperature directly with a thermometer. Can you measure its ...
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How precisely do we know the van der Waals radius of hydrogen?

I've found several sources that say the van der Waals radius of hydrogen is $120 pm$. How precisely do we know this number? What order of magnitude is the error on this measurement?
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Simultaneous measurement of non-commuting observables without uncertainty

A pair of non-commuting Observables $\hat{X}$ and $\hat{P}$ does not have a common set of eigenfunctions, i.e., it can not be measured simultaneously. Let us for the sake of simplicity assume that ...
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Measuring force of a punch

I'm trying to build a device that can mesure the force of a punch. ​ My initial plan was to build a platform with 4 springs (one at each corner) and an accelerometer in the middle. But, if the ...
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How are melting points of metals measured?

How are melting points of metals measured? What apparatuses are used and how do they "conceive" heat units?
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Why do scientists measure fundamental constants so precisely?

According to the last CODATA report the charge of electron is measured very precisely (10 decimal places). And it's not only about the charge of electron. Why do scientists measure fundamental ...
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Ideal shape of a water clock

The ancients undoubtedly discovered the ideal shape of a water clock by trial and error. In examining some ancient water clocks I notice the shape is different depending on the size. For example, a ...
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In which book is it written that the only measurable physical quantity is the length?

Task. In any book I've seen thoughts and images that very clearly illustrate the sequence of actions and implicit assumptions when measuring something. The result has been that in any measurement key ...
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How mass is determined in dynamics?

Mass is one of the most core and complicated concepts in dynamics. I have tried many books but I still don't have a good idea of how the mass of any object is determined relative to another. In The ...
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Combining errors. Gamma spectrometry, Poisson distribution

I have run an experiment 3 times and measured the results by gamma spectrometry. For example I get values like this (1 $\sigma$): $100 (10)$ $90 (8)$ $110 (12)$ The above 1 sigma error is based ...
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The use of real numbers in measurements in physics?

When we measure something in physics we give a value plus or minus some uncertainty and assume that the measured value can take any value with the range with a certain confidence limit. I don't ...
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How accurate is Newtonian mechanics? [closed]

How accurate is (theoretical, i.e. the mathematical formulation basing on "formalised" physical constants, such as material density) Newtonian mechanics? What does the accuracy depend on (material ...
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The uncertainty of a metre ruler?

I have been taught that the uncertainty in the measurement of a metre ruler is +-1 mm. However , I was also taught that the uncertainty is half of the smallest division in the measuring instrument. ...
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Deriving a POVM from a projective measurement

I understand how to show that every POVM is equivalent to a projective measurement on a larger Hilbert space, but I don't understand why the converse is true. The vast majority of explanations of ...
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How are the SI units “generalised”?

How exactly are the SI units generalised from their definitions? E.g. the kilogram is a weight of an object of cylindrical form, with diameter and height of about 39 mm, and is made of an alloy of ...
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What is the relation between charge and polarization?

On one hand, in this "Measurement of polarisation" lab manual, polarization is surface charge density, $P=\frac{Q}{A}$, in other words, charge an polarization are essentially the same thing. On the ...
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What does multiplying two real-world values represent? [duplicate]

I totally get what division means in the real world. "dollars / hour", well, that's the number of dollars you will make in one hour. "kilometers / gallon" is the distance you can go with a gallon of ...
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How is dark matter detected?

What methods do we use to detect Dark Matter? If I understand correctly, due to lack of electromagnetic interaction it should be able to phase through normal matter nearly like through void - since ...
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Can conductivity (or resistivity) value be assigned to 2D materials?

2D materials, such as graphene monolayer or graphene nanoribbon, don't really have a cross section. By definition, conductivity is $\sigma = \frac{J}{E}$, and $J$, the current density, is calculated ...
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How to measure 8 μm surface bumps?

I want to measure surface bumps which are larger in size than $8\ \mathrm{\mu m}$ on a uncoated plastic mirror. So it can be any number of smaller bumps and that would not effect the application. I ...
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Measuring the Dirac field

If the Dirac field $\psi(x)$ is to the electron as the Electromagnetic field is to the photon, why is it that we can measure the Electromagnetic field, whereas the Dirac field we cannot?
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Measuring expectation value in quantum field theory and in quantum mechanics

There is a way of calculating the vacuum expectation value $\langle 0|\hat\phi|0\rangle$ theoretically in a quantum field theory like there is a rule to compute expectation value of any operator A ...
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Calculating flow rate of a syringe

I wanted to know how would I go about calculating the flow rate of a syringe with a metal tip that is dispensing water using a pressurized air. I have had a look on internet about this and on this ...
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Why are measurements standardized the way they are?

Using meters as a base length, squaring or cubing lengths smaller than 0.67m makes the square term larger than the cubed term. This fact causes certain properties of physics (how rain needs to form?) ...