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# Chapter 13 Problems

Below are examples of some problems involving basic measurements. Remember, it is your task to design and plan the experiments.

Problem 1: Relative density

You are given three objects. Which one has the highest density?

Problem 2: Pressure exerted by stool legs

The tiles of the laboratory are of a good quality. The legs of the stools, on which you are sitting right now, exert a great pressure on the tiles. Determine, by taking the relevant measurements, the pressure of the stool on the floor when you sit on it.

Problem 3: Measuring the length of a filament of a bulb

You are asked to determine the length of the filament of the bulb as accurately as possible using a power supply, a lens, a screen and a ruler.
After you have determined the length you should check the value found by measuring the length directly as well. Try to avoid parallax error.

Problem 4: Measuring the diameter of the Sun

You are asked to design and perform an experiment in which the diameter of the Sun is determined. Use a lens, a screen, the Sun and a ruler. In the calculations you need to include the distance between the Sun and the Earth. After you have found a value for the diameter of the Sun, use a book of constants or Chapter IX to see whether the value found by you is accurate enough.

 
 

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