# Evaluation of procedures: Precision Accuracy

The precision of each of the measurements you made is indicated by the % uncertainty calculated. The accuracy of an overall result (concentration of acid) means how close it is to the ‘true’ value. It is possible to make very precise measurements but still end up with an inaccurate result because of a weakness in the procedure. You repeat measurements and if they are close then they are said to be reliable. A single measurement could be an outlier. This is a stage in the procedure which could have led to an inaccuracy in the overall result (concentration of acid).

Reliable Limitation

Points to bring out: • Do go over the definitions and include why we evaluate both measurements and procedures. Refer back to enthalpy of combustion in DF and the huge loss of heat to the surroundings with the apparatus used. • Ask students to make a list of aspects of the procedure they were careful about to ensure the overall result (concentration of acid) was as accurate as possible. Students could fill in the relevant page in the Notes here. • Talk about washing apparatus. Discuss the conical flask and if reused, what should / should it not be washed out with. • Although the new assessments are less demanding in terms of evaluation, we are still training for Y13 coursework and you might talk about how some of the limitations might affect the overall result (concentration of the acid). E.g. If we had overshot the mark on the volumetric flask by not using a dropping pipette here or we hadn’t washed the burette out with the solution to be used after the distilled water. Time is tight however. • You could look at the quantitative effect of not being careful at the endpoint refered to in the EL activity. Burette (class B) – one drop from a burette has a volume of approximately 0.05 cm3. All burette readings should include 2 decimal places in which the second figure is either 0 or 5. An error of one drop in a volume of 25.00 cm3 gives a percentage error of 0.2% for each reading. • You could try to pull it all together – measurements and procedures. I think the most likely source of error is in judging the end point.

95 / 3 = 21.00 21.00 0.3.00 22.50.95 √ 3 4 5
Average titre = 21.20 and 21.10 they should stop because they now have two results within 0. and second number is 0 or 5 – don’t put 0 or 0.00 22.85 + 21.3 they can stop as they have two results within 0.50 is beyond the 0.3 range.85 √ 2 22.1.95 1.15 1.00 22. If they then get 21. They should use only 21.15 + 21.95 / 2 = 21.
• Recording results • Calculating the average titre • Evaluation of results • Evaluation of procedures Recording results and calculating the average/mean titre:
Titration Final burette reading/cm3 Initial burette reading/cm3 Titre/cm3 Rough 22.90 (quote to 2 decimal places) Titration Final burette reading/cm3 Initial burette reading/cm3 Titre/cm3 Rough 22.00 0.85 √ 2 23.98 (there is a rule that you use any titres within a 0.00 21.85 22.20? Points to bring out: • Use a ruler • Include units • Readings to 2 d. If there were a case where there is more than one way of calculating an average I guess I would suggest that the student chooses the smallest range.50 + 21.95 √ 4 5
Average titre = 21.85 22. 21.15 √ 3 44.p.10 22.10 + 21.20. 21. They should calculate an average of all 3 results because they are within 0.A little book of tips for titrations.3cm3 range of the concordant titres to calculate the average) What is the average titre? • 21.0! • Go through their examples from Act ES5.00 21. If they get 21.1.1.50 and 21.
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.20.1 as well as the ones above • Show working for average see below from Derek Denby • Use T and √ (THE LATER IF INCLUDED IN CALCULATION OF AVERAGE TITRE) • Average now to 2 d. they need to do another titration because there results are not within 0.15 21.00 T 1 43.10 to calculate the average because 21.p and the second number after the decimal place can be anything.
If a student gets 21.85 + 22.00 T 1 43.

010 x 100 = 0.Evaluation has two aspect – evaluation of measurements and evaluation of procedures (same as GCSE now) Evaluation of results:
We look at how precise the measurements are. We look at the uncertainty associated with a measurement (sometimes called the precision error).2%
.08% 250 Using the 25cm3 pipette: The uncertainty associated with a pipette reading = ±0.56 Using the 250cm3 volumetric flask: The uncertainty associated with a volumetric flask reading = ±0.2cm3 The percentage uncertainty associated with volumetric flask reading = 0. Using the balance: The uncertainty associated with a two decimal place balance reading = ±0.005 = ±0.06 The uncertainty associated with the difference between two balance readings = 2 x 0.
Percentage uncertainty (percentage error) = uncertainty (precision error) x 100 reading
For graduated equipment the uncertainty / precision error is taken to be half a division on either side of the smallest unit on the scale you are using. Then we calculate the percentage uncertainty (sometimes called the percentage error). For volumetric (or ungraduated) measuring equipment you use the precision error associated with it.004% 119.4% 2.010g The percentage uncertainty in weighing out a mass of 2.56g = 0.005g The percentage uncertainty associated with a reading of 119.06g = 0.005 x 100 = 0.06 25 x 100 = 0.06cm3 The percentage uncertainty associated with pipette reading = 0.2 x 100 = 0.

05 x 100 = 0.f.??? May be more later • Make the point that all of these measurements have a low precision error.85cm3 = 0.85
Points to bring out: • Alternative terminology – need to know both • Go through how we get double the uncertainty when we have a difference • The uncertainty to use will be given • Compare the burette and pipette with the relevant measuring cylinder • Percentage error will be least for a large reading – what would you do if your titre was 2.85 The uncertainty associated with the difference between two burette readings (a titre) = 2 x 0.00 cm3? Why not have a huge titre of 100 cm3? • Look at the errors for students own measurements as asked at the end of the activity • Quote percentage error to 1 s.Using the burette: The uncertainty associated with a burette readings = ±0.f.05cm3 The percentage uncertainty associated with a reading of 25.4% 25. as the number with the least s.f – idea that you use the same number of s.2% 25. • You could mention that in Y13.p.85cm3 = 0. • May want to have a reminder of s. and d. students often add the precision errors together …
.10cm3 The percentage uncertainty in measuring out a volume of 25.05 = ±0.10 x 100 = 0.f.