Analytical Chemistry

A Little Math

What is random error?

Random errors are variations that increase the standard deviation of a measurement randomly about its mean value. Since random errors should be distributed in a random fashion, both above and below the true value of the quantity being measured, taking repeated measurements can reduce their effect on the measured experimental value. Random errors could be caused by things like noise in an electrical circuit or random fluctuations in the temperature or humidity of the laboratory environment. Random errors are characterized by their Gaussian distribution of values about the mean measured value.


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