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say you are taking log of x...

now x is suppose.. 83 +/- 5...


log 83 = 1.92
so Upper Limit (UL) = 83 + 5 = 88
and lower limit (LL) = 83 - 5 = 78
find log of (UL-LL)/2 = (88-78)/2 = 5
log 5 = 0.70 => This is the uncertainty...
so log(83 +/- 5) = 1.92 +/- 0.70
Sorrydid a mistake in the method I mentioned ealier...
this is how we proceed..
[log(UL) - log (LL)]/2

I think there is a problem here!


the uncertainty cannot be such high compared to the actual value
% error = 0.70 / 1.92 * 100 = 36.5%
% error in actual question is = 5 / 83 * 100 = 6.0%
That is why this method is incorrect.
The correct method is:
now x is suppose.. 83 +/- 5...
You can work either with upper limit and mean value (88 and 83)
OR
You can work with mean value and lower limit (83 and 78)
I will go with the former (88 and 83)
the uncertainty is = lg 88 - lg83 = lg (88 / 83) = 0.025
If I work with mean value and lower limit (83 and 78)
the uncertainty is = lg 83 - lg78 = lg (83 / 78) = 0.025
So, the final answer is
log(83 +/- 5) = 1.92 +/- 0.025
In terms of log, it will be..
LogR = (h/g)LogT
And you can compare this to y= mx + c
m(gradient) = h/g
While y-intercept in this case is zero.
And y Is logR and x is logT

Hey could someone tell me to find the absolute error of a log eg. 1.2+/- 0.1 can i do it like
this [(0.1)/(1.2)] * [log(1.2)]? Or is this wrong?
And if if there is no log it would just be.... (0.1/1.2) * 100 right?
Saloon said:
Hey could someone tell me to find the absolute error of a log eg. 1.2+/- 0.1 can i do it like
this [(0.1)/(1.2)] * [log(1.2)]? Or is this wrong?
And if if there is no log it would just be.... (0.1/1.2) * 100 right?
Its from october november 2007
If a function such as log or ln is used to calculate the values, then for e.g value is 6.0 +/- 0.5,
to find error:
absolute error = log (6.0+o.5) - log 6.0

If a function such as log or ln is used to calculate the values, then for e.g value is 6.0 +/- 0.5,
to find error:
absolute error = log (6.0+o.5) - log 6.0
Sweet thanks, i was reading other threads too, thats the same as doing this:
(Log(6.5)-log(5.5))/2 and also log(6.5/6.0) right? Even though the answers are slightly
different?