Problem: A 1.000 mL sample of acetone, a common solvent sometimes used as a paint remover, was placed in a small bottle whose mass was known to be 38.0015 g. The following values were obtained when the acetone-filled bottle was weighed: 38.7798 g, 38.7795 g, and 38.7801 g. How would you characterize the precision and accuracy of these measurements if the true mass of the acetone was 0.7791 g?

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Recall: Precision deals with the repeatability of measurements, while accuracy deals with how close a measurement is to the "actual" value.

To get the measured mass of acetone, we first need to subtract the mass of the bottle (38.0015 g) from the measured mass of bottle and acetone:

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A 1.000 mL sample of acetone, a common solvent sometimes used as a paint remover, was placed in a small bottle whose mass was known to be 38.0015 g. The following values were obtained when the acetone-filled bottle was weighed: 38.7798 g, 38.7795 g, and 38.7801 g. How would you characterize the precision and accuracy of these measurements if the true mass of the acetone was 0.7791 g?