This lab was performed in the senior laboratory in the UNM physics building on November 15th following the procedure outlined in Dr. Gold's lab manual
Using a computer we collected data from a detector and then analysed the data to determine if it was distributed Poisson or normal. A link to the data: Image:PoissonDataExcel.xls
ResultsSJK 05:03, 21 December 2010 (EST)
The data closely matches the predicted distribution for Poisson, this as well as the fact that the square root of the mean and the standard deviation from each trial were very close leads me to conclude that this data has a Poisson distribution.