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ChE 191 Special Topics

Curve Fitting Using MathCad


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S.H.P. Chen and S.C. Saxena report experimental data for the emittance of tungsten as
a function of temperature (Ind. Eng. Chem. Fund. 12, 220 (1973)]. Their data as follows.
They found that the equation

( )=
correlated the data for all temperature accurately to three digits.
a. Fit the experimental data to determine the coefficients of the above equation
b. Determine a high degree polynomial that would match the correlation equation.
c. Compare the plot of a and b

T/K
e
T/K
e

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0.024 0.035 0.046 0.058 0.067 0.083 0.097 .111 0.125
1200 1300 1400 1500 1600 1700 1800 1900 2000
0.140 0.155 0.170 0.186 0.202 0.219 0.235 0.252 0.269