Physics307L F09:People/Franco/Franco's Millikan Oil Drop
Millican Oil DropSJK 14:58, 17 December 2008 (EST)
Results and Comments
The results for measuring the charge of an electron is as follows. My Experimental Value is 1.503(.069) x 10^-19 C, and the current accepted value Accepted Value is 1.6021773349e-19 ± 4.80653e-26 C. The percent difference between these two values is 6.15% error. Although my value is not in the 60% confidence interval, it is between σ and 2σ. So my value is in 95% confidence interval. In the data analysis excel sheet, there is a number uncategorized right next to the error of the slope. That number calculates 2σ, which is approximately .1374. So assuming I used this as an uncertainly, the experimental value at (μ +/- 2σ) is 1.503(.137) X 10^-19 C. As mentioned before 2σ is within the range of the accepted value. I do make note that there was a set of data taken one day, and another set of data taken a second day. For convince in calculations, they were merged all together as though they were taken on day one. This may be one of the reasons for the deviation from the accepted value. I would also like to point out Davids idea concerning the apparatus.