Physics - Practical skills

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AS Physics
Practical Skills
Tables
An example:
Potential Current
Difference I/A
V/V
Test 1 Test 2 Test 3 Average
1.00 0.16 0.12 0.07 0.12
2.00 0.22 0.26 0.17 0.22
3.00 0.27 0.36 0.32 0.32
4.00 0.46 0.42 0.37 0.42
5.00 0.52 0.56 0.47 0.52
6.00 0.66 0.57 0.62 0.62
7.00 0.76 0.72 0.67 0.72
You need to make sure that you have:
Included a heading
Included the variable symbol/unit
Used a minimum of 7 sets of data
Used the full range of measurements
Repeated each test at least 3 times
Used a suitable number of decimal places when recording results
Recorded the full precision of the measuring instrument: Instead of `1', use `1.00' if
that is what the instrument says.
Graphs
1. Include the correct label and unit on both axis
2. Choose a suitable scale
3. Graphs should cover at least half of the graph paper
4. Plot points carefully
5. Draw a line of best fit
6. When calculating the gradient, draw a triangle on your graph with sides of at least
8cm.
7. Give the gradient the correct unit.
To work out the gradient of a graph ­ y/x

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