User:Alex G. Benedict/Notebook/Physics 307L: Junior Lab/Poisson
Steve Koch 04:24, 21 December 2010 (EST):Very nice data and plots seen in your notebook. A plot would have been nice for this page too.
Poisson Lab Summary
Summary of Activities
In this lab I used some software on the computer in the lab to take data, which I then uploaded to the internet, and used to form some plots to show the similarities between the distributions obtained from the observed counts, and the Poisson distribution. Comparisons to the Poisson distributions were also made by seeing if the standard deviation was close to the square root of the mean.
My lab notebook is located here: My Lab Notebook.
As can be seen in the lab note book, for each of the runs, there was significant visual similarity between the plots of the observed counts and the Poisson distribution. And for the mean about equal to ten case, there was significant similarity between the normal distribution and the observed distribution.
It should also be noted that the standard deviation in all cases was almost exactly the square root of the mean, the difference between the two was always less than 0.1, which is a very small difference. From those two tests, it appears that the observed distribution is a Poisson distribution.