Data Analysis

Topic  Description Author  Format
Barometer An introduction to using a Mercury Barometer, also known as a Fortin Barometer. Requires Flash; uses videos in RealMedia, QuickTime or mpeg format. (137k) David M. Harrison html
Error Analysis:html pdf A series of documents on error analysis in the experimental physical sciences. The discussion is at a beginning University level. (The first document size is 4.5k; the full set of documents in pdf format is a single file of size 440k). This series of documents was written in 2001. A new series of documents written in 2013 is based on the GUM and is available below under the title Uncertainty in Physical Measurements. David M. Harrison html and pdf
Error Propagation Propagation of errors of precision using Mathematica and the Experimental Data Analyst package. This brief discussion is suitable for students at all levels who need to do a fair amount of error propagation calculations. (8k) David M. Harrison html
Fitting Techniques A brief introduction to fitting data to models. The emphasis is on least-squares techniques. The level is somewhat beyond what we expect from a typical first year student. (43k) David M. Harrison pdf
Flash Animations for Physics An index to various Flash animations for physics. (12k). David M. Harrison html
Fourier Transform, A Brief Introduction A brief introduction to Fourier series, Fourier transforms, discrete Fourier transforms of time series, and the Fourier transform package in the Python programming langauge. (174k) David M. Harrison pdf
The Laboratory Notebook Extracts of a top-quality laboratory notebook. (3k) Richard E. Azuma and David M. Harrison html
LabVIEW Tutorials LabVIEW is a software tool from National Instruments for data acquisition and process control. The link to the left provides access to a 10-part tutorial in using LabVIEW and a one-page summary document. James R. Drummond pdf
Least-Squares Fitting A discussion of the design principles for a least-squares fitter suitable for use in analysing data from the physical sciences and engineering. (228k) David M. Harrison html
Manometers A small document on using a manometer to measure a pressure. (64k) David M. Harrison html
Micrometer Using a Micrometer. Requires Flash. (86k) David M. Harrison html
Microprocessor Interfacing Techniques The link to the left provides access to a thirteen-part set of lecture notes from a course in microprocessor interfacing; the course is taken by upper year students and by graduate students. James R. Drummond pdf
Monte Carlo Simulation Discusses the computer generation of events obeying some statistical model using Monte Carlo simulation. Brief reviews of Special Relativity and High Energy physics are also provided, and a small discussion of the generation of pseudo-random numbers is included. Used by upper year physics majors and specialists. (47k) David M. Harrison pdf
The Oscilloscope An introduction to the basic use of an oscilloscope to measure voltages as a function of time. Requires Flash. (42k) David M. Harrison html
Time Series Analysis The link to the left provides access to a series of lecture notes on time series analysis from a course taken by upper year students. David M. Harrison pdf
Uncertainty in Physical Measurements The link to the left provides access to a series of documents on uncertainty in physical measurements. They are intended for beginning university students in the physical sciences, and are based on the Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement (GUM). They were written in 2013. An earlier effort at teaching this material is the Error Analysislink above. David M. Harrison html
Vernier, Reading a A small document on reading a Vernier scale. (56k) David M. Harrison html
Visualisation and Transformation of Data A brief discussion of techniques for exploration of data with visualisation and transformation. Not terribly technical, but does examine techniques often considered to be advanced. (51k) David M. Harrison html

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