The result of sampling the property of a system

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Systematic+Random Uncertainty for velocity measurement

I have a question regarding systematic and random uncertainties. I have to measure the mean value of a velocity measurement in flow field at a point. I've recorded say 1000 samples in time, which I ...
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The question about an observer and an observed environment [on hold]

Imagine that Bob is observing everything that is not him (environment). The experiment: the environment changes somewhere far away from Bob. The conclusion: The change propagates in the ...
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Simultaneous measurement for quantum entanglement

In the simple example that we measure the spin of two entangled particles, we measure one to have spin up so we know the other has spin down. If we could (theoretically) measure both particles at the ...
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What is this “outgrowth” on air tube in tonometer? [on hold]

I found the following "outgrowth" in air tube in electronic tonometer: The hole is apparently closed and air doesn't go out of it when tonometer pumps air inside. What is it for? Isn't it for ...
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How to measure the mass and balance point of a human forearm?

I've been trying to find this out for about a month now. I'm usually met with humorous but not really helpful comments about chopping my own arm off. I'm preferably looking to do this on a budget ...
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Practical method to weigh human limbs with common household items?

What methods could be used to determine (or estimate within a reasonable margin of error) the mass of a living human's limbs, short of cutting them off? And more interestingly, how can this be done ...
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Is there an official list of independent units of measurements?

When I say 'independent units', I mean those which cannot be broken down anymore, and simultaneously forms the basis for any more, complex measurements. For example, height, length, and width can all ...
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Is there a way to measure the thickness of a metallic plate of order of micrometers?

I have a $5 cm×5 cm×? \mu m$ copper plate. Where '$?$', the thickness of the plate, is really small (about 30um). Is there anyway using physics to calculate the thickness? Update: Sorry I forgot ...
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How do laser “tape measures” work?

There is a device available for about $\$40$, which fits in the palm of the hand, runs on two AA batteries, and can measure distances up to $50\,{\rm ft}$ to an accuracy of $\sim \frac{1}{8}''$ ($\sim ...
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How does one describe a state with a density matrix after measuring position?

My question is about position measurement in non relativistic quantum mechanics. I've been taught that when you measure the value of an observable for some state of a system described by ...
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Is wavefunction collapse “global”?

I have the feeling that the premises of this question may not be coherent (so to speak), but here goes: Suppose we have a system $X$ in a quantum superposition between states $0$ and $1$, say, with ...
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making sense of measures in electronics

I am in secondary school in the UK, and at this point in physics the information we are given is very vague at a fundamental level. My main concern is with electricity and circuits, and the measures ...
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Estimate heating wires temperature

Im design a power supply to work with heating wires and one of the task is to estimate the temperature of the bare wire for a given current or power consumption. I've tried to measure the ...
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Measurements in quantum mechanics

Why does measurement change things? I read that measurement changes things because we have to bounce photons off an object to 'see' it and that changes its position, momentum etc... But on the other ...
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Why doesn't precessing a spin cause a measurement?

When an electron is placed in a magnetic field, its spin precesses. Why doesn't this reveal the spin via angular momentum being transferred into the environment? Impractical Thought Experiment ...
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How can I measure radiance?

I'd like to measure radiance in order to see how accurate the Lambertian, Phong models are and maybe to measure the "shininess constant" of a material (which appears in the Phong Model) on some ...
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What truly is mass, and is there a direct way to measure it?

We know a mass of an object of one kilogram as an object that weighs W = mg = 9.8 N and we reference it to that, (when it should as a fundamental parameter describe weight not the opposite). But if we ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shouldn't the Uncertainty Principle be intuitively obvious, at least when talking about the position and momentum of an object?

Please forgive me if I'm wrong, as I have no formal physics training (apart from some in high school and personal reading), but there's something about Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle that strikes ...
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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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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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Home experiments to measure the RPM of a pedestal fan without special equipment?

Is it possible to determine to an approximate degree, the revolutions per minute of a fan, for example a pedesal fan pictured below, without using some electronic/mechanical measuring device? One ...
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How stellar aberration is measured?

A simple calculation shows that stellar aberration due orbital motion of earth is roughly 20 arcseconds. My questions are: Practically how this small value is measured? Does this value is in the ...
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Pauli exclusion principle and Entangled pairs

It is true for fermions in the same potential that the total wavefunction of two particles must be antisymmetric with respect to exchange of electrons. Which means the spin wavefunction is given by ...
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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 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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GHz rate single photon counting

The fluorescent lifetimes of molecules used in biological applications tend to be in the sub-ns to a few ns timescale (let's say 0.8-4). The most direct methods to measure lifetimes typically involve ...
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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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Has the speed of gravity been measured experimentally? How? [duplicate]

In Newtonian physics, changes in gravity propagate instantly. In general and special relativity, gravity propagates at the speed of light, $c$. From reading answers to questions about gravity on this ...
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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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Does photon have size measurement because of its particle nature

Does photon have size measurement because of its particle nature like electron's 3.86*10^-13m etc..
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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 ...