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What is Measurement?

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1. In your own words, describe what you think measurement means?

2. From the following examples, which one does NOT show measurement?
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The distance from the front of the room to the back of the room.
A water bottle half full.
The color of a rock you found in the garden.
The mass of a large paperclip on a pan balance.
The temperature outside on a snowy day.

3. Read the following statement and then explain why you agree or disagree:
At the beginning of the school year, a science teacher asked the students to collect
some random data on the students in science class. One group wanted to find
out how tall each person was. They stated that the only way to do this is to use
meter sticks or rulers.

4. Most countries around the world use the metric system (SI) of measurement for

their daily activities. Although the United States generally uses the standard
English system of measurement, why is it important that U.S. scientists only use
the metric system?