Reliability in Scientific Research

Reliability in Scientific Research

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Covering many techniques widely used in research, this book will help researchers in the physical sciences and engineering solve troublesome - and potentially very time consuming - problems in their work. The book deals with technical difficulties that often arise unexpectedly during the use of various common experimental methods, as well as with human error. It provides preventive measures and solutions for such problems, thereby saving valuable time for researchers. Some of the topics covered are: sudden leaks in vacuum systems, electromagnetic interference in electronic instruments, vibrations in sensitive equipment, and bugs in computer software. The book also discusses mistakes in mathematical calculations, and pitfalls in designing and carrying out experiments. Each chapter contains a summary of its key points, to give a quick overview of important potential problems and their solutions in a given area.(c) Dona#39;t repair anything on the basis of assumptions about the cause of the problem (which often results in things being ... faults (especially intermittent ones) can permanently disappear of their own accord, without human intervention a€“ but this is ... (a) The failure to thoroughly read and understand equipment manuals is one of the most frequent causes of problems in ... In the case of a suspect electrical contact, one can flex the conductor or raise and lower its temperature in order toanbsp;...

Title:Reliability in Scientific Research
Author:I. R. Walker
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2011-01-27


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