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# Learner Guide

Physics

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Using Units of Measurement

It’s important to use the correct unit of measurement when estimating the

length, mass or capacity of something.

When estimating quantities of an object you don’t know, try to think of some

familiar objects that you know and compare them. For example, if you know

that an average-sized pear is 100 g, then if you had a peach of a similar size,

you’d know that its size should be measured in grams.

Equipment for measuring

For measuring length, we usually use a ruler of some sort. For larger

lengths, there are ‘rolling rulers’.

For measuring mass, we can use weighing scales of different sizes.

For measuring capacities, we can use measuring cylinders or measuring

jugs.

When reading measurements, it is important that you first take a look at the

units of the equipment and how much each division is worth. You can then

count up until you reach the marker.

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