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Light speed measured by observing Jupiter moons [duplicate]

The famous discovery that the light has speed measures the times of the immersion and emergence of Io, one of Jupiter's moons. However, I still can't comprehend this. Even when the Earth is further ...
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How did Rømer measure the speed of light by observing Jupiter's moons, centuries ago?

I am interested in the practical method and I like to discover if it is cheap enough to be done as an experiment in a high school.
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How much time between measurements do you have in order to make the same measurement on a particle?

As I understand it, you can make a measurement on a particle and if you quickly carry out a second measurement you will get the same outcome as the prior measurement. If this is the case, how much ...
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Is it possible for a physical object to have a irrational length?

Suppose I have a caliper that is infinitely precise. Also suppose that this caliper returns not a number, but rather whether the precise length is rational or irrational. If I were to use this ...
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Is this the correct way to I combine multiple interdependant pressure readings?

I want to measure the density in different layers of a suspension. To do this I want to place pressure sensors at different heights. Let's assume that the sensors are not by orders of magnitude more ...
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Proving and demonstrating vacuum in container without breaking it

Let there be a hollow container made of glass or some other transparent material, roughly the size and shape of an apple. Let the walls be of sufficient thickness for the container to be safely ...
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How to calculate the error in measurments of derived quantities knowing the error in basic quantities?

I wonder how to calculate error of a derived quantity $z$ knowing the error of all quantities that $z$ depends on say $x$ and $y$. For example: Suppose I want to calculate the speed of a body ...
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Examples of (classical) measurements that are not independent?

What are some simple examples of measurements that are not statistically independent, i.e. with nonzero covariance? I'm looking for real examples that might reasonably come up in an undergraduate ...
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Thought Experiment: Force on magnets in a Stern Gerlach Experiment

Background: In the SG experiment, an inhomogenous magnetic field affects a force on particles passing between two magnets. "Measurement" takes place when a screen is placed on one end, blocking one ...
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Why does an infrared thermometer display very low temperature when being directed to the outer air?

I'm toying with an infrared thermometer - one which you point onto an object, press the button and it instantly measures the temperature by estimating the infrared radiation from the object. It shows ...
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What is the limit of directly detecting a resonance?

Some resonances are extremely short-lived. With a lifetime of $10^{-23}$ seconds, they would travel just about the size of the proton ($10^{-15}$ m) even if they traveled at the speed of ...
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Does every interaction of quantum objects introduce backaction?

The motivation of this question is the following experiment: Assume you have quantum mechanical oscillator, e.g. a particle in a potential $V(q_x)\propto q_x^2$. Now the position of the particle ...
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Query about the proof why non-orthogonal states cannot be reliably distinguished

I have a query regarding the proof given in the book by Nielsen and Chuang on why two non-orthogonal states cannot be perfectly distinguished. The proof is given on page 87 of the 10th edition; here ...
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Is it possible to use induction ampermeter to measure power consumption of electric water heater and dryer?

I hope this practical question is not OT and not too trivial for this forum. I am renting an apartment in a duplex with a shared water heater and dryer. Turns out, both water heater and the dryer are ...
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How to use an accelerometer to correctly quantify the magnitude of vibrations

Consider the following setup: An accelerometer is placed inside a helicopter, measuring $g$ values along three axes $(x,y,z)$ every $10~\text{ms}$ (100 times a second), during a helicopter flight. ...
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Can liquid contain information?

Is there any principle in physics that would allow liquid to contain some kind of information - could we, for example, in theory, use a glass of water to save information? For example digital photo ...
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What are the methods of experimentally measuring the observables in quantum mechanics?

Perhaps due to the limited number of textbooks on quantum mechanics I have consulted, I have seen presented the fundamental principles related to observables, but have never seen a somewhat systematic ...
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How to measure the size of a laser dot?

I'm not a physicist, that's why I'm asking you if there is maybe an easy way (e.g. a mathematical law) to measure the size of a laser dot, or its diameter. The setup It contains a laser, a high ...
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How is the curvature of space measured on earth scale?

How do we measure the curvature of space due to earths gravity since we can't dig a hole through the centre of the earth and measure the actual diameter of earth which is slightly different (1.8cm) ...
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How does a supersonic flight speedometer work? [closed]

I'm sure today they can use GPS and radar, but I was pondering the queation when I saw a film clip of a vintage analog dial labeled in mach number. I'm supposing that the usual way of measuring the ...
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Tight bounds between maximum weight and precision

Scales are rated according to their precision and maximum load -- attributes which seem to be universally close to one another (within about 3x10^4 grams). Eg, a scale that can measure up to a ...
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Measuring mass zero G [closed]

I work for a company that produces (among other things) a microbalance that can measure mass/weight from around 100ng to 100mg ie it is accurate over 6 orders of magnitude. However, this relies on ...
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Is it possible to determine which combination of three degenerate states an atom is in, not destroying the state?

Suppose we have somehow determined that an atom's outer shell electron is in a $p$ state (i.e. with $l=1$). For example, waited enough for a cold boron atom to almost certainly come into electronic ...
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PT100 calibration

I have also asked this on the electronics group, but it is equally relevant to physics of temperature mearurement If I take (say) a class B PT100 sensor with a stated absolute accuracy of +/- 0.3 deg ...
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Scale Factor on Error

I was gathering some data from the particle data group website and for many results it gives a value, an uncertainty and then a scale factor for the uncertainty. For instance, at here, where it gives ...
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Significant Figures in Physics

A string has linear density $10.0 \cdot 10^{-3} \, \mbox{kg/m}$ and is kept under a tension of 100 N. A sinusoidal transverse wave, with a wavelength of 0.30 m, is traveling in the positive direction ...
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Accelerometer validation trace

I am attempting to validate an accelerometer. I have a triaxial accelerometer and placed it on a wheel which goes at various frequencies from 1 to 3 Hz. Am I right in thinking that I would expect the ...
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Why is the voltage output equal to the voltage drop?

I have a very basic question about measurement of voltage output on some simple circuits. Considering the circuits of the figure: Supposing one wants to measure the voltage output $V_2$, on the ...
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Where are the negligible and infinite resistances, respectively, of the ideal am- and voltmeter?

Consider the picture below. An ammeter is shown to the left, a voltmeter to the right. They consist of a d'Arsonval galvanometer, which is a coil (with a pointer attached) that can rotate in a ...
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Measurement of cross section

When we measure the cross section of an interaction what is it that we actually measure in a real experiment? I know what cross section is and how to derive an expression for a given process but I ...
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A method/device for measuring angles, as an experiment?

What's the best device for measuring angles, as an experiment for a fundamental physics lab at the university level? The first experiment in our fundamental physics lab is "Measuring & Measurement ...
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The amplitude of oscillations in sound waves

How can the amplitude of molecules displacement be measured in a sound wave? How can the amplitude of the pressure fluctuation be measured in a sound wave? What are the difference between these two ...
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How are specific volumes accurately measured experimentally?

In every thermodynamics textbook there are tables containing the specific volume of various fluids at different temperatures and pressures. My question is, how is this data obtained experimentally? ...
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How much water must flow trough canal to maintain a constant water deep?

In order to maintain a constant water deep in canal, how much water must flow trought the pipe ? As shown on picture, canal have a rectangular shape. I don't know if canal length have an influence. ...
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How light years is measured? [closed]

How are light years are measured? I remember the distance between earth and moon are measured by the delay in light which travels and comes back. But how are light years calculated?
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What near-future measurement technique improvements will extend our physical knowledge?

Inspired by the wiki-article on atom-lasers: Another application, which might also benefit from atom lasers, is atom interferometry. In an atom interferometer an atomic wave packet is ...
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What probability distribution the detection counts have?

As far as I know in quantum mechanics each particle have a separate normalized wave function that can be used to calculate that the particle can be found somewhere. Or more practically to determine ...
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Experimentally, what categorizes a measurement as corresponding to a certain observable?

I want to write a computer program. The input to the program is: A description of an experimental device (for instance a Stern-Gerlach apparatus, or a laser and a polarizer) What the experimenter ...
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Are there limits to human/devices perception?

As far as i know, measurement devices present measurements based on something that affects the device's particles, for instance, forces, heat, tension, voltage... My question is, given that every ...
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Propagation of uncertainty - proof that it is minimal

I am not really sure if this is the right SE community for this question, but, I swear, I haven't found any better. The problem is as follows: we have n distance sensors placed around a quickly ...
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Why does the rule for multiplication/division take into consideration the no. of significant figures?

I've learned that the rule for multiplication, when taking into account the significant figures, is as follows: The final result should retain as many significant figures as there are in the original ...
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Uncertainty of approximately sinusoidal voltage measurement

Say one is interested in measuring the mean value an approximately sinusoidal voltage with an instrument that has an accuracy of 0.01 V, according to its spec sheet. 10 periods of the oscillation have ...
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How does one figure out how fast water is moving through a water intake on a dam?

Say the dam is Hoover dam for example. The intake is where the water flows in to turn the turbines that generate electricity. I want to know if there is an equation that describes the speed of the ...
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Can a ultracentrifuge be used to test general relativity?

With today's ultracentrifuge technology, they can spin so fast that the sample can be subjected to accelerations of up to 2 millions Gs. That is equivalent to two solar masses. Has someone tried to ...
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How to theoretically define a concrete operation to perform in order to measure the length of an object?

EDIT: Some answerers pointed out that the title of this question is in contrast with what is actually been asked in the body of the question, so I changed the title accordingly. The original title was ...
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How is anything *not* ultimately a position measurement?

Consider measuring the momentum of an electron. You pass it through some kind of electromagnetic field, it strikes a photodetector (e.g. a CCD), and you back-calculate out the momentum of the ...
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Non-random observations (regarding physical quantity)?

Are there completely deterministic observations? More detailed: Talking about an observations process for which of the following sentences would you vote: Version 1 (always random): "These ...
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What is the experiment used to actually observe the position of the electron in the H atom?

Prior to observation, the electron can be found anywhere (from inside the nucleus to the ends of the universe), but once its position is determined the answer is precise (albeit its momentum is not ...
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How to properly read a measurement result if it is a number?

If the result of a measurement is i.e. $3.2 \pm 0.7$, what is 0.7? At which confidence level we know that the real result is inside of this interval?
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Repeating a measurement vs uncertainty

The wikipedia says on measurement in quantum mechanics that: Repeating the same measurement without any evolution of the quantum state will lead to the same result. On the other hand, doesn't ...