Student Name Laboratory Date: Date Report Submitted:___________________________  
Student ID Experiment Number and TitleExperiment 601:  Measurement & Dimensional Analysis  

Experiment 601:  Measurement & Dimensional Analysis

Section 1:  Purpose and Summary

  • Describe how the English and metric systems of measurement compare.
  • Learn how to convert between different units of measurement.     

In this experiment, students will practice measuring the following parameters:  length, mass, volume, and temperature.  Students will calculate derived constants including density and heat capacity.  Students will practice converting from units in the English system to the metric system.  Students will learn dimensional analysis, common prefixes and selected conversion factors.

Note:  When a parameter is determined, it needs to have both a number and the unit of measurement to be complete.  If you only write down the number “5”, for example, is it “5 inches”, “5 centimeters”, “5 meters” or “5 miles”?

Note:  When writing decimals between zero and 1, a good practice is to include the leading ‘0’ before the decimal point.  For example, if you write “.125” centimeters onto your data report, it is possible that you might accidentally misinterpret the value as 125 centimeters.  But if you write “0.125” centimeters there should be no question that there is a decimal point present.  

Section 2:  Safety Precautions and Waste Disposal

Safety Precautions:

All of the materials in this experiment are harmless.  Use of eye protection is recommended for all experimental procedures. 

Waste Disposal:

No waste will be generated for this experiment.

Section 3: Procedure

Part 1:  LENGTH – You will need a large ruler, and a magazine (or newspaper, poster, etc.) for this part of the experiment.

1. Using a large ruler, carefully measure the width of your DESK or DINNER TABLE in centimeters and in inches.  Remember to use proper significant figures.Width of desk/table:         (a) _________________cm   (b) _________________in
2. These two measurements allow us to create a pair of conversion factors between centimeters and inches. A conversion factor (also called a unit factor) is a ratio which can be multiplied by a measurement expressed in one set of units, to convert the measurement to a new set of units.   To find a conversion factor for converting centimeters to inches, divide measurement (b) by measurement (a):                                    in/cm  Report your calculated conversion factor between inches and centimeters here:               (c)________________in/cm
3.  To find a conversion factor for converting inches to centimeters, divide measurement (a) by measurement (b):                                    cm/inReport your calculated conversion factor between centimeters and inches here:   (d)________________cm/in
4. Obtain a piece of paper with a LINE drawn on it. This could be a page from a newspaper, a magazine, a poster, etc.   Measure the line to the tenth of a centimeter (0.1 cm), and convert this measurement to inches using the appropriate conversion factor from your work in Step 2, above.        Show your work here:     (f)                              in     Hint:  Any quantity can be written as a fraction over 1.  If the units cancel, you have selected the proper conversion factor.Card # ________________   Length:    (e)     _______________ cm     Calculate the length in inches:     (f) Length: ______________in
5. Measure the height of another person in your household in inches.  Convert this measurement to centimeters using the appropriate conversion factor from Step 3.   Remember to include the units on each quantity.   Show your work here:          Height in inches    (g)     _______________ in     Calculate the height in centimeters:     (h) Height: _____________cm

Part 2:  MASS – You will use a bathroom scale for this part of the experiment.

1. Using a bathroom scale, measure and record your mass to the tenth of a pound (0.1 lb)    (a) _______________  lbs
2. Using the appropriate conversion factors from Tables I and II (page 8), convert your mass into ounces, grams, kilograms, and milligrams:   Show your work here:     (b)                          ounces     (c)                      grams     (d)                      kilograms       (e)                    milligrams              (b) ________________ ounces     (c)________________  grams     (d)______________  kilograms     (e)                               milligrams

Part 3:  VOLUME – You will need an unopened water bottle with label on it for this part of the experiment.

1. Record the volume of water indicated on the label. A typical water bottle from the supermarket has volumes indicated both in milliliters and in fluid ounces. Record both volumes here.      (a) _________________  mL     (b)  _________________  oz.
2. Use these measurements to calculate a conversion factor from fl. ounces to milliliters and milliliters to fl. ounces.   Show your work here:       (c)                         oz/mL       (d)                          mL/oz  Report your calculated conversion factor here:       (c) ________________oz/mL     (d)________________  mL/oz  
3. A large bottle of beer contains 22 ounces of fluid.  Using the appropriate conversion factor from Step 2 above, convert the volume of this beer into milliliters. Show your work here:   (e)                      milliliters     Using the appropriate conversion factor from Table II (page 8), convert the volume of this beer into cups, gallons, and microliters.   Show your work here:      (f)                             cups        (g)                   gallons        (h)               microliters     NOTE:  The symbol for micro is the Greek letter mu, “μ”                (e)                                milliliters                 (f)                                   cups       (g)                                gallons         (h)                                  μL

Part 4:  DENSITY

Go to the following virtual lab website for the metal cylinder measurements to complete this part of the experiment.

The mass of a substance divided by its volume is called its density, thus                  Select one metal cylinder by clicking on the name of the metal. Record the mass and volume of the metal cylinder here. The volume will be determined using the formula for the volume of a cylinder:  where r = radius, and h = height (or length).   Show your work here:      Identity of metal cylinder:   _____________________     (a) Mass of cylinder: _______ g       (b) Volume of cylinder:                               ____________  cm3
2. Now, calculate the density of the metal cylinder. Show your work here:              (c)________________  g/cm3
3.   The density of the metal cylinder that you calculated in Step 2 above can be used as a conversion factor. What volume, in cubic centimeters (cm3), would be occupied by 375 grams of this metal?    Show your work here:           NOTE:  Density is *not* a quantity, but a property of a material.  A mass of an item depends on the quantity of matter in it.  The density is how compact that matter is within the space it occupies.  The units on both are different.            (d)  _______________    cm3        

Part 5:  TEMPERATURE & SPECIFIC HEAT – You will need a thermometer and a saucepan for this part of the experiment.

1. Let your thermometer sit for two minutes at room temperature. Record the temperature of the room.   Transfer all the water from your water bottle into a saucepan. Heat and bring water to a rolling boil.   Measure the temperature of the boiling water and record this value.    Room temperature:   (a) _________________°C     Boiling water temperature:   (b) _________________°C
2. Temperatures in the units of Celsius can be converted to units of Fahrenheit by the formula:                             Likewise, Fahrenheit temperatures can be converted to Celsius as follows:                  Using the appropriate formula, find the temperature of the room in degrees Fahrenheit.    Show your work here:                                Room temperature:   (c)  _______________    °F  
3.   The amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of substance by one degree is called its specific heat.  For example, the specific heat of water can be expressed as 1.00 calorie /g°C (or 4.18 Joules/g°C) whereas the specific heat of glass is 0.20 calorie/g°C (or 0.84 Joules/g°C). Whenever a substance is heated from a lower to higher temperature, or vice versa, the amount of energy absorbed from the surroundings (to heat it) or released to the surroundings (as it cools) can be calculated by this general formula:   energy exchanged = (mass of substance)(specific heat)(temperature change)   The temperature change, usually called delta-T or “ΔT” is simply the final temperature minus the initial temperature:   ΔT  = T final – T initial where T final is the final temperature, and T initial is the initial temperature.  Note that ΔT can be either positive or negative.  When water is being considered, and we use units of calories, the equation becomes:   calories exchanged =     Let us calculate the number of heat calories absorbed by the water from the Bunsen burner when you boiled it in Step 1 above.  We will assume that the water started out at room temperature (even though that might not really be the case).   (d)  ΔT =                          °C –                   °C =                  °C     (e) If the density of water is 1.00 g/mL, what is the mass of the water you used for boiling?   Show your work here:             (f) Using your calculated values from parts (d) and (e), determine the number of calories absorbed by your heated water:                  grams of water x     x                °C  =       cal              Note: There are 3 units required for specific heat: one unit in the numerator (calorie or Joules) and 2 units in the denominator (grams and Celsius).                                                   (d)  ΔT =                oC             (e)                                      grams                 (f)                                   calories

 Giga, G=1,000,000,000=109    
 Mega, M=1,000,000=106    
 kilo, k=1,000=103    
 deci, d=0.1=10-1=1/10  
 centi, c=0.01=10-2=1/100  
 milli, m=0.001=10-3=1/1,000  
 micro, μ=0.000001=10-6=1/1,000,000  
 nano, n=0.000000001=10-9=1/1,000,000,000  
 12 inches (in) = 1 foot (ft) 3 feet = 1 yard (yd) 5,280 feet = 1 mile (mi)
 16 ounces (oz) = 1 pound (lb) 28 grams (g)  = 1 ounce (oz) 
 8 ounces* = 1 cup 16 ounces* = 1 pint 4 cups = 1 quart
 4 quarts = 1 gallon    
* The English/American system of measurements uses ounces for both mass and volume.  When ounces are used for volume measurements, they are usually written as “fluid ounces”, or “fl. oz.”  There is no easy comparison or conversion between ounces used for mass and fluid ounces used for volumes.  
Post Lab Questions:   1. An older unit of length used in the English system is the rod.  A rod is equal to 16.5 feet.  Calculate the number of centimeters that are in 1 rod.  Some of the setup for your calculation is below:   =                            
2. In medicine, the grain was used as an older unit of measurement.  One grain is equal to 64.79891 milligrams (mg).  Often, a 5-grain dosage of aspirin would be prescribed.    Calculate the milligram dosage of a 5-grain tablet of aspirin.      =                   milligrams of aspirin.     What is a common dosage of aspirin in a tablet for adults? (Search the internet for an answer.)  How does it compare with the traditional amount delivered as 5 grains?
3.   The karat is a fractional measure of purity for gold.  Pure gold is defined to be 24 karats.  So 24 karat gold would be (24/24), or 100% gold.  18 karat gold would be 18/24 or 75% gold, with the remainder a different metal in the alloy.  The different metal is generally much cheaper than the gold and the cost of that metal can be ignored.      You are on travel in a foreign country.  The local unit of currency is the solar.  The current exchange rate is 3.26 solars are equivalent to $1.00 (U. S. dollar).    You see a very attractive piece of jewelry that is 14 karat gold.  It weighs 25 grams.  The spot price of gold today is $38.06 per gram.   The vendor is asking 1200.00 solars for the jewelry.  Is this a good deal (based on the value of the gold content)?   Show your work.                     


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