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Principles of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, Third Edition, Revised and Expanded, 3rd Edition by Raj Rajagopalan, Paul C. Hiemenz

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Appendix C

Statistics of Discrete and Continuous Distributions of Data

C.1 INTRODUCTION

Students of the physical sciences generally encounter statistics in two different places. One of these deals with the treatment of experimental data. From this viewpoint, all measured quantities contain some error, which raises questions concerning the best way to report the results of multiple measurements. This is obviously related to our problem of describing, for example, the “characteristic dimension” of the particles discussed in Chapter 1 (Figure 1.10). Another place in which the science student encounters statistics is in the theoretical description of large populations or populations that change through a large number of states, as, for example, in ...

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