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An Introduction to Uncertainty in Measurement
Using the GUM (Guide to the Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement)

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  • Authors:
  • L. Kirkup, University of Technology, Sydney
  • R. B. Frenkel, National Measurement Institute, Lindfield, Sydney
  • Date Published: May 2006
  • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9780511189999

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  • Measurement shapes scientific theories, characterises improvements in manufacturing processes and promotes efficient commerce. In concert with measurement is uncertainty, and students in science and engineering need to identify and quantify uncertainties in the measurements they make. This book introduces measurement and uncertainty to second and third year students of science and engineering. Its approach relies on the internationally recognised and recommended guidelines for calculating and expressing uncertainty (known by the acronym GUM). The statistics underpinning the methods are considered and worked examples and exercises are spread throughout the text. Detailed case studies based on typical undergraduate experiments are included to reinforce the principles described in the book. This guide is also useful to professionals in industry who are expected to know the contemporary methods in this increasingly important area. Additional online resources are available to support the book at

    • First text primarily for undergraduate students which introduces and applies internationally accepted guidelines for expressing uncertainty
    • Assumes little prior knowledge of uncertainties
    • Contains worked examples, student exercises, and detailed case studies to reinforce principles and applications
    • Includes necessary statistical background to quantifying uncertainties
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    " is a remarkably readable text. I wish that the textbooks that I was required to buy at university were half as understandable. If you start at the beginning with a Granny Smith apple and a cup of tea, you will probably find that the cup is empty and apple core brown before you put this book down...topics are presented in a gentle conversational style with plenty of everyday examples to help you grasp the do not have to use the book for passive input, but can actually apply the principles and test your knowledge along the way...I find that I can truthfully recommend this book to anyone with a serious interest in measurement and uncertainties, whether they are beginner or an old hand."
    The Australian Metrologist, Jeffrey Tapping

    "Good reading as an introduction to uncertainty of measurement."
    David Brynn Hibbert, Accred Qual Assur

    "This book will enlighten all readers, students as well as professionals."

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511189999
    • contains: 100 b/w illus. 30 tables 35 exercises
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. The importance of uncertainty in science and technology
    2. Measurement fundamentals
    3. Terms used in measurement
    4. Introduction to uncertainty in measurement
    5. Some statistical concepts
    6. Systematic errors
    7. Calculation of uncertainties
    8. Probability density, the Gaussian distribution and the Central Limit Theorem
    9. Sampling a Gaussian distribution
    10. The t-distribution, and the Welch–Satterthwaite formula
    11. Case studies in measurement uncertainty

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    L. Kirkup, University of Technology, Sydney
    Les Kirkup is Associate Professor in the School of Physics and Advanced Materials, University of Technology, Sydney. A dedicated lecturer, many of his educational developments have focused on enhancing the laboratory experience of undergraduate students. In May 2011, he was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council National Teaching Fellowship.

    R. B. Frenkel, National Measurement Institute, Lindfield, Sydney
    Bob Frenkel is a senior experimental scientist at the Australian National Measurement Institute.

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