Why does percentage error decrease as units of measurement increase?
I have calculated the percentage error for the measurements made in a Hooke’s Law experiment, and the results are as follows:
Extension (mm) | Percentage error (%)
22 | 2.27
44 | 1.14
66 | 0.75
88 | 0.57
109 | 0.46
131 | 0.38
A question I have to answer is ‘What do you notice about the percentage error as the measurement increases?’
Evidently, the percentage error decreases, but I don’t completely understand why this happens (I can’t put it into words anyway)
My question is why does this decrease in percentage error happen as the measurements increases?
(Note: This is NOT a question I have to answer on my work, it’s just something I’m intrigued about)
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