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Xiao Yu Li, Patrick Lyon, Jared Nye

Physics 1501-023L
Manish Roy
Mini-Report 1
Presented here are the experimentally derived measurements of the heights (from head to heel) of
our group members. These measurements are compared to the predicted heights obtained from
heights listed on members licenses or other sources. It was found that the heights were in
agreement with the predicted values.
Height is the measured amount of the SI unit centimeters from the heel to head of a given person.
1) We used masking tape to mark where 100 cm above the ground was. We then proceeded
to tape the meter stick to the wall directly above the 1 m mark, thus providing us with
accurate measurements between 1 and 2 m.
2) When we measured people, one of us used a book to mark a level surface to reduce
parallaxes error, while another took the measurement.
3) We proceeded to measure 2 other groups including our own, and recorded the data.
4) We analyzed results and then drew conclusions.
Jared Nye
Patrick Lyon
Xiao Yu Li
Jonathan (Group 2)
Joe (Group 2)
John (Group 2)
Alex (Group 3)
Matt (Group 3)

Measured Height (cm)

180 1
166 1
170 1
184 1
172 1
186 1
171 1
171 1

Predicted Height (cm)

180 2
165 2
167 2
183 2
173 2
186 2
168 2
170 2

Our results proved that our experimentally derived results agreed with our predicted results. No
persons measured height and predicted height was outside of the error ranges of each other. Our
results also proved to be quite accurate, as most of the measurements fell within one centimeter
of the predicted value. It is possible that the reason peoples predicted heights are not consistent
with their actual measured heights is because they have grown in the time since the predicted

height was recorded. While our results were pretty accurate, it is impossible to entirely eliminate
certain sources of error. The book we used to measure height was soft cover and thus would not
lie perfectly flat on a persons head. Ever with the book there, the parallaxes error was present as
we had to view the book from the side, rather than head on. We also encountered problems with
having only one meter stick to measure people who were taller than one meter. Our tool for
measuring the height was also not the accurate, only going out to millimeters.
Overall, after measuring the heights of all of our group members, and comparing them to their
predicted heights as per their drivers licenses; the measurements agreed to within the
uncertainties. In the future, to improve this experiment, it would be greatly beneficial to use a
tape measure, or a device that is longer than one meter and can measure to a greater accuracy
(less than 1 mm).