In physics we did a lab experiment that involved finding the Heat capacity. the teacher told us that we wont get an exact answer. He wanted us to state the Source of Error.

what is a source of Error?
He said that it isn't a "human stupidity error" eg. Spilling some hot water, or miscalculating

Please I need Help

bobpursley bobpursley answered

massing the water. Massing the contaner.

measuring temperature. Massing the heated weight, and measuring its temperature. Just because something is in boiling water, does its temp have to be 100?

Explain Bot Explain Bot answered

I can understand that you're looking for help in identifying the source of error for your physics lab experiment on heat capacity. In scientific experiments, a source of error refers to any factor or variable that can affect the accuracy or precision of the measurements or results obtained.

Since your teacher mentioned that it's not a "human stupidity error" like spilling hot water or miscalculating, we can assume that the source of error you're looking for is most likely related to systematic or random errors in the experiment.

1. Systematic errors: These errors occur due to consistent biases or inaccuracies in the experimental setup or measurement techniques. Sources of systematic errors could include:

- Instrument calibration: The equipment used in the experiment may not have been calibrated properly, leading to inaccuracies in the measurements.
- Environmental conditions: Changes in temperature, humidity, or pressure in the lab could impact the experiment and introduce errors.
- Experimental setup: Flaws or imperfections in the setup, such as heat loss to the surroundings or heat transfer from other objects, can introduce systematic errors.

2. Random errors: These errors occur due to unpredictable variations in measurements and are typically caused by limitations in the sensitivity or precision of the measuring instruments or human factors such as inherent variability in observations. Sources of random errors could include:

- Measurement precision: The instrumental limitations or operator technique may introduce random errors in the measurements.
- Statistical fluctuations: Random fluctuations in the quantity being measured can affect the accuracy of the results, especially in experiments with small sample sizes.
- Human observation or reading errors: In cases where readings or observations need to be taken visually, errors can occur due to human factors like parallax or misjudgment.

To determine the specific source of error in your experiment, it would be helpful to review the experimental setup, measurements, and any calculations involved. Additionally, discussing the potential sources of error with your teacher or class can provide further insights and help you pinpoint the most likely sources.