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Basics of Scientific Measurement & Instruments - Chapter Summary
In these lessons on the basics of scientific measurement and instruments, you'll learn about topics such as unit conversion and how to use skills found in the game of dominos to solve a chemistry problem. By the end of the chapter, you should be ready to:
- Discuss unit conversion and dimensional analysis
- Quantify how much error is in a measurement
- Explain how scientists represent very small and very large quantities
- Describe how to take scientific measurements using common instruments
These engaging lessons can help you quickly understand the topics presented, and our expert instructors provide plenty of examples. You can review all the lessons in order, or just look at the ones that cover the topics you need to review. A multiple-choice quiz is available for each lesson to test your knowledge of the basics of scientific measurement and instruments.
1. Unit Conversion and Dimensional Analysis
How is solving a chemistry problem like playing dominoes? Watch this lesson to find out how you can use your domino skills to solve almost any chemistry problem.
2. Accuracy & Error in Measurements
When making measurements, it is important to be as accurate as possible. In this lesson, learn about what accuracy is and how we measure and quantify exactly how much error there is in a measurement.
3. Significant Figures and Scientific Notation
Are 7.5 grams and 7.50 grams the same? How do scientists represent very large and very small quantities? Find out the answers to these questions in this video.
4. Scientific Measurement & Common Instruments
While you've probably measured something, you may not be familiar with some of the scientific instruments that help us measure length, volume, mass, and time. This lesson will explore some common and not so common scientific instruments to help you understand the world of scientific measurement.
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