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What are some main errors that could be encountered in the determining density lab experiment. How would they affect the results?

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What are some main errors that could be encountered in the determining density lab experiment. How would they affect the results?

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Step 1

Density is  mass (m) per unit of volume (V)

                    ρ = m / V

In any density determination, two quantities are measured: the mass and the volume of a given quantity of matter.

Step 2

Random errors:

  • Slight variations in the level of your eye while reading the meniscus in the graduated cylinder
  • Vibration in the floor or air currents that cause fluctuation in the balance.

Systematic errors:

  • Density depends on temperature.  The temperatur...

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