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What is a Barometer? - Definition, History & Function

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Why was the mercury barometer banned by the European Union in 2007?

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1. Why did scientists not initially accept Torricelli's idea about the cause of water not rising with the help of a water pump in the Italian mine?

2. Which of the following units do meteorologists use to indicate the barometric pressure of a hurricane?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz and worksheet are tools designed to check your understanding of barometers. Their function and history are topics you need to know in order to pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The goal of these materials is to check your understanding of:

  • Unit that meteorologists use to indicate the barometric pressure of a hurricane
  • How you would view a graphical representation of barometric data
  • Why the mercury barometer was banned by the European Union in 2007
  • The reason scientists didn't originally accept Torricelli's idea about the cause of water not rising with the help of a water pump

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important details from the lesson on barometers
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about Torricelli's explanation of atmospheric pressure
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read about why the mercury barometer was banned and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To review more about this instrument, use the lesson called What Is a Barometer? - Definition, History & Function. Using this lesson, you can complete these goals:

  • Determine what a barometer looks like
  • See who Torricelli studied under
  • Identify the roles of barometers
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