Lesson Plan: Measurement Uncertainty and Resolution Physics

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to define resolution-based and random measurement uncertainties and show how they affect the values of measurements.


Students will be able to

  • identify the resolution of a measuring device and the precision of measurements made with it,
  • identify the uncertainty of a measurement due to the resolution of the measuring instrument that made the measurement,
  • identify the number of significant figures in a value,
  • determine to an appropriate precision the result of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing values that have a given precision,
  • convert between absolute and percentage uncertainty values,
  • determine the random uncertainty of a set of values.


Students should already be familiar with

  • the difference between accuracy and precision.


Students will not cover

  • operation of specific measuring devices.

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