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Units of Measurement (845 words)
We measure the length of a race in meters, but the length of the long jump event in feet and inches.
There are two systems for land measurement (one based on the yard and the other on the rod) and a third system for distances at sea.
In this way, all the units of measurement Americans use every day are based on the standards of the metric system.
measurement. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05 (492 words)
To express a measurement, there must be a basic unit of the quantity involved, e.g., the inch or second, and a standard of measurement (instrument) calibrated in such units, e.g., a ruler or clock.
Measurement, on the other hand, involves entities that may be subdivided into smaller and smaller fractions and is thus always an estimate.
This distinction between measurement and counting seems, on the surface, to break down at the atomic level, where the quantum theory reveals that not only mass (in the form of elementary particles and atoms) but also many other quantities occur only in discrete units, or quanta.
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