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ERIC Number: EJ891993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Having Fun with Error Analysis
Siegel, Peter
Physics Teacher, v45 n4 p232-234 Apr 2007
We present a fun activity that can be used to introduce students to error analysis: the M&M game. Students are told to estimate the number of individual candies plus uncertainty in a bag of M&M's. The winner is the group whose estimate brackets the actual number with the smallest uncertainty. The exercise produces enthusiastic discussions and serves as a good "mixer" for the first day of a laboratory class.
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Language: English
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