Basic Concepts of Data and Error Analysis

With Introductions to Probability and Statistics and to Computer Methods

  • Panayiotis Nicos Kaloyerou

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Panayiotis Nicos Kaloyerou
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  3. Panayiotis Nicos Kaloyerou
    Pages 15-26
  4. Panayiotis Nicos Kaloyerou
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 221-259

About this book


This introductory textbook explains the concepts and methods of data and error analysis needed for laboratory experiment write-ups, especially physics and engineering experiments. The book contains the material needed for beginning students, e.g., first year university students, college students (enrolled on a certificate or diploma course) and even A-level students. Nevertheless, it also covers the required material for higher year university laboratories, including the final year. Only essential concepts and methods needed for the day-to-day performance of experiments and their subsequent analysis and presentation are included and, at the same time, presented as simply as possible. Non-essential detail is avoided. Chapter five is a stand-alone introduction to probability and statistics aimed at providing a theoretical background to the data and error analysis chapters one to four. Computer methods are introduced in Chapter six. The author hopes this book will serve as a constant reference.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Panayiotis Nicos Kaloyerou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics, School of Natural SciencesUniversity of ZambiaLusakaZambia

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