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It is somewhat difficult for us to independently determine the precision of a photogate. According to the technical documentation for the Pasco photogates and Science WorkshopTM software, the photogate has a resolution of 0.1 ms (1 x 10-4s). This means that the photogate (and software) can distinguish 2 events that occur 0.1 ms apart as separate events. So, suppose that we consider the uncertainty of a photogate event as 0.1 ms.
However, when you use a photogate to measure the time it takes a solid object to pass through, you are actually measuring a time interval tf - to = the difference of two times. In this mode, the uncertainty of the time interval measurement would be 0.1 ms + 0.1 ms = 0.2 ms (or, if you want to be fancy, ).