What is a Seismograph? - Definition, History & Facts


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What does a seismograph measure?

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1. Which of the following is NOT something a scientist can measure based on a seismograph?

2. Which is the most accurate scale for measuring earthquakes?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This assessment covers the history and function of seismographs. For a successful assessment, focus on wave measuring and device origin.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Assessment goals are to understand the following concepts and definitions:

  • Seismographs
  • Seismic waves
  • Measurement scales used by scientists

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet will help you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - retain and apply information from the lesson on seismographs
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the different types of scales used by scientists to measure seismic activity
  • Knowledge application - apply knowledge to answer questions about seismic waves and measurement scales

Additional Learning

Find out more about seismographs and their functions by reviewing the accompanying lesson on What is a Seismograph? - Definition, History & Facts. The following objectives are covered in the lesson:

  • Identify origin date and place of seismographs
  • Understand measuring functions available to scientists
  • Know seismic activity measuring scales
  • Relate data from seismic wave measurements