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CH01 – Measurement

Measuring Tape


  • P4 – Tuesday, January 9th
  • P5 – Tuesday, January 10th
  • P7 – Wednesday, January 11th

Fall Semester Closure

  • Final grades still hidden in Schoology (sorry)
  • CQ will answer questions about the final after returning

Lab Notebooks

  • return LNB to students (shelf behind teacher desk in classroom)
  • grading rubric for final (formal) lab of semester in each LNB
  • Note: not all labs will be formal

Measurement Activity


  • standard ruler (metric side only)
  • meter stick A (tape on both sides)
  • meter stick B (standard metrick)
  • Object 1 = note card (width)
  • Object 2 = student shoe
  • Object 3 = table top (width)
  • lab notebook


  • You will work in table pairs, with each student recording the results of the measurements in their own LNB.
  • Each pair wil be using each of the measuring devices to determine the length (cm) of each object.
  • the goal of each measurement is to do your best to use the device within the limits of the device.
  • The goal is not to get the “right” answer” but to get the best answer using the available tool.
  • Write all of your work in the LNB. You do not need to write a purpose, procedure, or background theory for this actvity. This is not a lab write-up!
  • Do your best to create the best organized table with proper labeling.
  • There will not be any Calculations, Analysis, or Conclusion for this activity.

Discussion Questions (write questions and answers in LNB)

  • In thinking about the measurements, how are the measurements of the same object using different devices similar? different?
  • What is the most challenging aspect of this activity?
  • Without doing any research, what do you think is the difference between the following terms? uncertainty / error / accuracy


  • textbook notes (pen / pencil on paper)
  • Chapter 1 (1.3 & 1.4)
  • what is important in each of these sections?
  • what examples best illustrate the core ideas?


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