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1 EXERCISE # 1.Metric Measurement & Scientific Notation Student Learning Outcomes At the completion of this exercise, students will be able to learn: 1. How to use scientific notation 2. Discuss the importance of conversions. 3. Exhibit proper techniques when converting from The Metric System to the English System and vice versa. 4. Determine the proper use of glassware and equipment for mass, length, volume, and temperature. INTRODUCTION: Observations are an essential part of science. Measurements allow scientists to accurately describe the world around them, which enables others to comprehend the relative size of structures and better understand them. Moreover, one requirement of the scientific community is that results be repeatable. As numerical results are more precise than purely written descriptions, scientific observations are usually made as measurements. Definitely, sometimes a written description without numbers is the most appropriate way to describe a result. The metric system is a universal measurement standard used in all fields of science. In this lab, students will use the metric system to measure temperature, volume, mass, and length of various objects. Students will also learn to convert metric units and write in Scientific notation. Scientific Notation: Scientific notation is a clear and concise way of writing large, cumbersome numbers that have many zeros. Scientific notation, sometimes termed exponential notation, involves placing one number before a decimal point followed by x 10 xx. The exponent after the 10 tells how many places exist after the decimal in the number, so 123,000 would be expressed 1.23 x (Note: that the exponent is positive. When converting numbers into scientific notation, a positive exponent indicates that the decimal point should be moved to the right when writing out the actual number.) The mass of hydrogen is Kg to express this number in scientific notation, each zero is removed by multiplying by 10. In other words, there are 26 zeros, so one must multiply by 10, 26 times to get ; 1 26 represents the26 zeros in the mass of hydrogen. Remember that numbers written in scientific notation must contain a non-zero number before the decimal point. If the 26 zeros are taken away, the number left is 0.166, so it is necessary to multiply by ten one additional time for a total of The mass of hydrogen written in scientific notation should read 1.66 x Rule: Move the decimal point enough places so that one non-zero number is in front of the decimal point. The exponent is the number of places moved. The exponent is positive when moved to the left [ ] and negative when moved to the right [ ]. A. Write the following numbers in scientific notation: 1) 500, 000, 000 2) 454, 000 3) ) ) 769, 000,000 6)

2 B. Write the number represented by scientific notation: 7) 4.53 X ) 6.87 X ) 2.5 X ) 6.2 X ) 4.86 X ) 9.47 X 10-8 Measurements Using The Metric System Reasonably, units in the ideal system of measurement should be easy to convert from one to another. The metric system meets such requirements and is used by the majority of countries, by all scientists, educators, and researchers in the world. In most non metric countries such as the United States of America and England; their governments have launched programs to hasten the conversion to metrics. It is well recognized, that any country that fails to do so could be at a very serious economic and scientific disadvantage. "In fact, the U.S. Department of Defense adopted the metric system in 1957, and all cars made in the United States have metric components." Thus, one of the greatest advantages of the metric system is the ease of conversions. Since all metric units are of multiples of ten, converting between units requires only the movement of decimals places. The metric units of length, mass, and volume are meters (m), grams (g), and liter (L); respectively. The same prefixes are used for all units. For example, the prefix Kilo denote 1,000; 1 Kilometer (Km) = 1,000 meters (m), 1 kilometer (Kg) = 1,000 grams (g), 1 Kiloliter (KL) = 1,000 liters (L). Prefix Symbol Value Exponent Value Tera T 1,000,000,000, Giga G 1,000,000, Mega M 1,000, Kilo K 1, Hecto h Deka da Meter, Gram, Liter m, g, L Deci d Centi c Milli m Micro µ Nano n Pico p Table 1. Lists some of the most common metric prefix and their values. 2

3 The difference between the exponents of the prefixes will determine how many places the decimal will be moved. Example 1: When converting from kilometers to decimeters, first look at the Exponential Value. (Note: the Kilo is 10 3 and Deci is 10-1.) The difference between 3 and -1 is 4. Therefore, the decimal place will be moved four places. Where? Rule 1: When moving from a larger prefix to a smaller prefix, the decimal should be moved to the right [ ]. Rule 2: When moving form a smaller prefix to a larger prefix, the decimal should be moved to the left [ ]. In this particular case Kilo is the larger prefix than the deci prefix the decimal place should be moved 4 places to the right[ ]. 1 Kilometer = 10,000 decimeters Example 2: Try converting nanometers into centimeters. Note that the prefix for nano is 10-9 and centi is Nano is smaller than centi so the decimal will moved to the left[ ]. The difference between the exponential value is: 1 cm = ; So, the decimal will be moved 7 places to the left. Thus, 1nm = cm. 1 nm = 10-9 I. Conversions: It is extremely important to know how to convert from one metric Unit to another (i.e., 10 m to cm). Only like units can be added, subtracted, multiplied or divided; therefore, if combining sets of measured quantities you must first convert them to the same unit. A. Once you learn the equivalent values using the correct tables, the easiest way to be certain that the conversion is correct is to use Dimensional Analysis. This method is being used by the scientific community all over the world. This is a given example of such method: convert 3.8 mm to µm. First Step: Begin with the values given by writing them down first and the appropriate mathematical function you will use: 3.8 mm X 3

4 Second Step: Next multiply by a conversion factor [an equivalent statement that equals one or two conversion factors.] Remember! 1 m = 1,000 mm 1mm = 1,000 µm Third Step: Divide through the equation by the common factor, i.e., m an mm in this particular case. or II. Dimensional Analysis Method (Short version) using the same problem. Convert 3.8 mm to µm. First Step: write the value you want to convert = the final units that the value wants to be converted to in the following form. Second Step: find the conversion factor using the exponents values 1 mm = So, 1 mm = 10 3 µm. This is called the Conversion Factor. 1µm = 10-6 [Note: the conversion factor is 1 larger unit = the exponential difference of the smaller unit.] Third Step: place the value on the equation from step 1 and solve the equation! 4

5 III. Dimensional Analysis Method (Another example): * If Kobe is 6.7 ft tall. How tall is Kobe in m? A. First Method: Step 1:Covert feet into meters Step 2:Convert inches into meters Step 3:Add the results 1.83 m = 2.01 m B. Second Method: using conversion tables found at the end of the exercise. Step 1:Convert inches into feet. Step 2:Add 6 ft ft = ft; this is how tall Kobe is in feet. Step 3:So,convert feet into meters 5

6 In this exercise section, the student will examine the metric system and compare it to the American Standard System of Measurement (feet, pounds, inches, and so on). I. Metric Measurements (Length) Length is the measurement of a real or imaginary line extending from one point to another. The standard unit is the meter and the most commonly used related units of length are: 1000 millimeter (mm) = 1 meter (m) 100 centimeters (cm) = 1 m 1000 m = 1 kilometer (km) In this exercise, students will measure the length of various objects. Materials required per student lab group: cm ruler with metric and American (English) standard units on opposite edges. 2. Non-mercury thermometer(s) with Celsius( C) and Fahrenheit( F) scales (about C) ml beaker made of heat-proof glass 4. Electronic Burner mL Erlenmeyer Flask 6. Boiling chips 7. Three graduated cylinders: 10-mL, 25-mL, 100mL. 8. Thermometer holder Per lab room: 1. Source of distilled water (ddh 2 O) 2. Metric bathroom scale 3. Source of ice 4. One 2 L plastic graduated beaker 5. One-piece plastic dropping pipet (not graduated) or Pasteur pipette and safety bulb or filling devise 6. Four electric balances 7. Two vortexes 8. Two hot plates 9. Two measuring tapes (ft and in) 10. two yard sticks 11. two electric balances 6

7 Procedure: 1. Obtain a small metric ruler. How many centimeters are shown on the ruler? How many millimeters are shown? 2. Measure the length of your middle finger to the nearest mm. How long is your finger? 3. Precisely measure the length of this page in centimeters to the nearest 10 th of a centimeter with the metric edge of a ruler. Note that nine lines divide the space between each space centimeter into 10 millimeters. The page is cm long. Calculate the length of this page in millimeters, meters, and kilometers. mm m km 4. Now measure the following using the appropriate metric units of length. a) Select three small wooden blocks. Measure the length, width, and height of each block to the nearest millimeter(mm)and record those values below. Volume is calculated by multiplying length x width x height. Calculate the volumes of the 3 blocks. Block# Length Width Height Volume 1 X X = mm 3 2 X X = mm 3 3 X X = mm 3 b) What is the volume of block 1 in mm 3? c) What is the Volume of block 2 in nm 3? d) What is the volume of block 3 in m 3? e) Again using the meter stick, measure the length and width of the lab table in centimeters. L = cm W = cm 7

8 II. Metric Measurements (Volume) a) Area is calculated by multiplying the length x width. What is the area of the lab table in: cm 2? m 2? b) Again using the measuring tape, measure the length and width of the room in feet L = cm W = cm c) Area is calculated by multiplying the length x width. What is the area of the room in: ft 2? m 2? d) Measure the length of this page in inches to the nearest eighth of an inch. in e) Convert your answer to feet and yards. ft yd f) Obtain a meter stick. Measure the height of your lab partner in centimeters. g) Choose five objects from your table and measure the length: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) [Note: when finished return the materials to the designated location.] 8

9 Volume- is a measure of the space occupied by an object. Volume can be measured in cubic Meters (m 3 ) but is typically measured in units termed "liters". Note: One cubic cm (cm 3 ) = 1 milliliter (ml); [cm 3 ] or [1 ml = 1 cm 3.] In the lab several glassware are used to measure volume, including flasks, beakers, graduated cylinders and pipettes, etc. Procedure: 1. Using the data collected in the previous section, calculate the volume of each of the three blocks in ml and record the data below. Volume of block 1 ml Volume of block 2 ml Volume of block 3 ml 2. Obtain a graduated cylinder, a beaker, and a test tube. [Note: When water is placed into a graduated cylinder or other container, it begins to climb the sides of the container by cohesion and adhesion. The water level inside the container is uneven.] 3.This is termed the meniscus. The correct volume should be read at the lowest margin of the water level. What is the volume of the beaker? the graduated cylinder? 4. Briefly describe how to find the volume of an unmarked test tube. 5. Carry out the procedure you described above. What is the volume of the test tube? Volume of a cube-shaped object can be determined by measuring length, width, and height and multiplying these together. The volume of unusually shaped objects, like a screw, cannot be measured in this way. Another technique; known as water displacement, permits volumes of all objects to be calculated. 6. Measure the volume of a screw using water displacement. 9

10 7. Fill a 50 ml graduated cylinder to the 25 ml mark. Then place the screw in the graduated cylinder and record the water level. Subtract 25 from the new water level and that will be the volume of the screw in ml. Use water displacement to determine the volume of 3 objects. Object 1. Volume ml Object 2.Volume ml Object 3. Volume ml 8. Convert the above object volumes from ml into mm 3 Object 1. Volume mm 3 Object 2.Volume mm 3 Object 3. Volume mm 3 III. Metric Measurements (Mass) Mass is a measure of the amount of matter that an object has. Mass differs from weight in that weight is the force gravity exerts on an object. Therefore, the mass of an object stays constant, but weight can change if gravity changes. For example, the moon's gravity is roughly 1/6 that of the earth's. A person weighing 180 lbs. on earth would weigh 30 lbs on the moon. Since mass is constant, a person with a mass of 82 kg would have that mass on earth or on the moon. Procedure: Using an electric balance, precisely weigh the mass of the three blocks used in the previous section on length and record those values below. Block 1 g Block 2 g Block 3 g Density is calculated by the dividing the mass by the volume (D=M/V). Calculate the density of each of the three blocks. Pay close attention to the units that density is measured in [mass / volume; g/cm 3.] Block 1 g/cm 3 Block 2 g/cm 3 Block 3 g/cm 3 10

11 IV. Metric Measurements (Temperature) Temperature is defined as a measure of the average of kinetic energy of the particles in a sample of matter, expressed in terms of units or degrees designated on a standard scale. So, scientists measure temperature using the Celsius or centigrade scale, which is based upon the freezing and boiling points of water. Water freezes at 0 C (32 F) and boils at 100 C (212 F). Converting from Celsius to Fahrenheit or Fahrenheit to Celsius requires the following equations: 0 F = 9/5 C + 32 C = 5/9 ( F-32) Procedure: Using a provide thermometer, measure the temperature of the following in Celsius( 0 C). Then use the equation above to convert each into Fahrenheit( 0 F). Temp. in Celsius ( 0 C) Temp. in Fahrenheit ( 0 F) Room Temperature Surface of Skin Ice Water in Beaker Boiling Water Tap Water V. Practice Problems. A. Write the following numbers in scientific notation. 1) ) 65,900 3)198,000,000 4) 3,000,000 5) 775,000 6) ) ) ) ) 113,000,000 11) 666,666 12) B. Write out the numbers represented by scientific notation. 13) 5.0 x ) 5.33 x ) 6.95 x ) 8.23 x ) 3.1 x

12 C. Complete the following metric conversions. 18) 3.5 cm mm 19) 38 kg g 20) 86.6 L ml 21) 7.66 mm cm 22) 42.7 nm mm 23) 4.6 g mg 24) 23.6 ml L 26) 66.9 cm km 27)33.9 km m 28) 92.2 cm mm 29) 74.5 nm mm 30)66.2 kg mg 31) 14 ml L 32) 16.6 g mg 25) 42.8 nm cm D. Review Questions 1. What is the advantage of using scientific notation? 2.Why is a standard unit of measurement necessary in science and industry? 3. Describe the advantage of using the metric system over the English system. 4. Indicate the standard units for measuring length, mass, volume, and temperature in the metric system. 5. What is the SI system? 12

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