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Title: Units Of Measurement

Units Of Measurement
  • Mrs. Mawhiney

Measurement of mass, length and volume
  • In the United States, we use a fairly awkward
    system of measurement for most things - the
    English system Scientists use the metric and SI
    systems of units for the measurement of physical
  • This system using standard units based on very
    precisely known properties of matter and light
  • Prefixes are used in from of the units to
    indicate powers of ten

SI Units
Measurement Unit Symbol
Mass Kilogram kg
Length Meter M
Time Second s
Temperature Kelvin K
Quantity Mole mol
Energy Joule J
Pressure Pascal Pa
. Base Units
  • Mass - the quantity of matter that a sample
  • Note that weight is a measure of the attraction
    of gravity for a sample and it varies depending
    on the distance of the mass to a planet or moon
  • Scientists often speak imprecisely of the
    weight of an amount of substance. They really
    mean mass.

Basic SI units/Derived units
  • Used to generate new Units
  • Volume - space a given quantity of matter
  • Volume - expressed in terms of length - m3
  • m3 - an inconveniently large volume, so we use
    liter (L one cubic decimeter)
  • We often use a mL (1 cubic centimeter) for more
    manageable amounts of matter

Converting between units
  • The standard method to convert between two
    different units is the factor-label or
    dimensional analysis method
  • Dimensional analysis converts a measurement in
    one unit to another by the use of a conversion
  • Conversion factors are developed from
    relationships between units

Measurements and Units
  • Measurement - determines the quantity,
    dimensions or extent of something
  • 1.Consist of two parts
  • a. a numerical quantity (1.23)
  • b. a specific unit (meters)
  • Unit - a definite quantity adapted to as a
    standard of measurement

Features of Measured Quantities
  • When we measure a number, there are physical
    constraints to the measurement
  • Instruments and scientists are not perfect, so
    the measurement is not perfect (i. e., it has
  • The error in the measurement is related to the
    accuracy and the precision of the measurement

Accuracy and Precision
  • Accuracy how close the measurement is to the
    true value (of course we have to know what the
    true value is)
  • Precision is a measure of how closely
    individual measurements agree with one another.

Example Accuracy and Precision
Equations for Precision and Accuracy
  • 1. Precision
  • 2. Accuracy
  • Absolute Error
  • AE (True value-Avg Value) X 100
  • True Value

Counting Significant Figures
  • Atlantic / Pacific Method
  • a. Absent Decimal- Start on atlantic side
    of number cross out all zeroes until 1st
    nonzero digit is reached, remaining digits are
  • b. Present decimal- start on the pacific
    side of the number cross out all zeros until
    the 1st nonzero digit Is reached, remaining
    digits are significant

How many significant figures are in each of the
following measurements?
24 mL
2 significant figures
3001 g
4 significant figures
0.0320 m3
3 significant figures
6.400 x 104 molecules
4 significant figures
560 kg
2 significant figures
Scientific notation and significant figures
  • 1. When using scientific notation the base
    must be written with the correct number of
    significant digits
  • 2. All zeroes are significant when using
    scientific notation
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