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Lab #1. Fundamentals of Measurement and Error Analysis

Students design, conduct, and critique simple experiments based on their immediate surroundings. Basic statistical tools are introduced, including histograms, mean values, and standard deviations for repeated measurements of a single quantity, linear fits to xy data, and correlation coefficients. Students use a plotting package to analyze data from their own experiments, and compare their results with those generated by peers working from common, student-driven experimental descriptions.