Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.


Principles of measurement including accuracy, precision and significant figures.
**More good stuff available at:

  • Be the first to comment


  1. 1. copyright Sautter 2014
  2. 2. 2 Measurement •All measurement is comparison to a standard. Most often that standard is an excepted standard such as a foot of length, liter of volume or gram of mass. •Unusual standards may be used in obtaining measurements but this is rarely done since few people would be familiar with the standard used. For example, someone measuring a distance can pace off that distance but since the length of one’s step is variable and this would give a very unreliable measure. •We generally work with two systems of measurement, English and metric. The metric system is used more frequently in science although the English system can be used.
  3. 3. 3
  4. 4. 4 Measurement •Basic metric units are systematically subdivided using a series of prefixes. Each prefix multiplies the basic unit by a specific value. For example the prefix “centi” multiplies by 0.01 (one hundredth – 100 cents in a dollar), “deci” multiplies by 0.10 (one tenth - 10 dimes in a dollar) and so on. •The prefix or multiplier may be applied to any basic measurement, grams, liters or meters and others yet to be discussed. The prefix may subdivide the unit or enlarge it. For example, “milli” divides the unit into a 1000 parts (0.001 or one thousandth) while “kilo” multiplies the unit by 1000 (a thousand times).
  5. 5. 5
  6. 6. 6 UNIT CONVERSIONS •Quantities can be converted from one type of unit to another. This conversion may occur within the same system (metric or English) or between systems (metric to English or English to metric). •Conversions cannot be made between measures of different properties, that is, mass units to length units for example. •A method of unit conversion commonly used is called Dimensional Analysis or Unit Analysis. In this procedure, units are used to decide when to multiply or divide in order to obtain the correct answer.
  7. 7. 7
  8. 8. 8 1 cm 1 cm 1 cm Volume = length x width x height 1 cm3 = 1 cm x 1 cm x 1 cm cc means cubic centimeter 1 milliliter 1.00 ml = 1.00 cc 1000 ml = 1000 cc = 1.0 liter
  9. 9. 9 Unit Analysis •Let’s apply Unit Analysis to a sample problem. In order to use this method we must have available a list of conversion factors from English to metric and vice versa. Some have been provided on the previous slides. •To begin we will examine a metric to metric conversion problem.
  10. 10. 10
  12. 12. 12 Unit Analysis – metric to metric •Problem: How many millimeters are contained in 5.35 kilometers. •Solution: First, we decide that units we are starting with (km) and the units we want to find (mm). Km.  mm. •Next, we will examine the metric relationships that are available to be used for the conversion. •Millimeter means 0.001 meters or 1000 mm = 1m •Kilometer means 1000 meter so 1000 m = 1km •Now, we will set up unit fractions so that all units will cancel out leaving only the unit for the answer (mm) •We are starting with km •Km x (m / km) x (mm / m) = mm (the units for our answer) •Km will cancel and m will cancel leaving just mm in our set up. •Now place the numbers in the positions indicated by the units •5.35 x (1000/1) x (1000/1) = 5.35 x 106 mm •Mental check: since mm are very small and km are large there should be a lot of mm in 5.35 km. 5.35 million is a lot!
  13. 13. 13 Unit Analysis – English  metric •Problem: How many milligrams are contained in 25 lbs? •Solution: We are starting with pounds and want to find milligrams. Lbs  mg •We need an English – metric weight (mass) conversion. We will use 454 grams = 1.0 lbs. We will also use 1000 mg = 1.0 grams •Set up the units: lbs x (g / lb) x (mg / g) = mg •25 x (454 / 1.0) x (1000 / 1.0) = 1.134 x 107 mg •Check: there are lots of grams in a pound and lots to milligrams in a gram, therefore expect a large number and 11.34 million is a large number!
  14. 14. 14 In science, we often encounter very large and very small numbers. Using scientific numbers makes working with these numbers easier
  15. 15. 15 Scientific numbers use powers of 10
  16. 16. 16 RULE 1 As the decimal is moved to the left The power of 10 increases one value for each decimal place moved Any number to the Zero power = 1
  17. 17. 17 RULE 2 As the decimal is moved to the right The power of 10 decreases one value for each decimal place moved Any number to the Zero power = 1
  18. 18. 18 RULE 3 When scientific numbers are multiplied The powers of 10 are added
  19. 19. 19 RULE 4 When scientific numbers are divided The powers of 10 are subtracted
  20. 20. 20 RULE 5 When scientific numbers are raised to powers The powers of 10 are multiplied
  21. 21. 21 Click Here

    Be the first to comment

    Login to see the comments

  • MaryLoreenCayabyab

    Mar. 20, 2013
  • saleh-mufti

    Aug. 3, 2013
  • jessteong

    Nov. 20, 2014
  • 9827951081

    Jun. 14, 2015
  • ynahocampo

    Jun. 30, 2016
  • neorit1000

    Aug. 4, 2016
  • AngeliqueRanoco

    Sep. 6, 2016
  • ZhumashevBekzhan

    Sep. 29, 2017
  • JudyMustasa

    Aug. 9, 2018
  • RhemsnekMenggaiCatbagan

    Aug. 27, 2019

Principles of measurement including accuracy, precision and significant figures. **More good stuff available at: and


Total views


On Slideshare


From embeds


Number of embeds