Scientific Measuring Devices QuizPrintable Science Trivia Questions
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Which device is used by scientists to measure the heating power of sunlight?
a. Light Meter
c. Lux Meter
Actinometer - Actinometers are used to measure the heating power of radiation.
Which device would you use to identify the exact chemical acidity/basicity of a solution?
c. pH Meter
pH Meter - The first commercial pH meters were available sometime in 1936.
Which of the following devices would you use to measure distance?
Tacheometer - Used in surveying, among other things, the tacheometer is used to measure the distance to a target.
What instrument is used to determine temperature?
Thermometer - A thermometer that is used for testing stored food temperature is called a 'temperature wand'.
Which device would you use to determine ocean depth?
Fathometer - The fathometer uses echo sounding to determine the depth of water.
Other than a standard clock, what could you use to measure time?
Chronometer - A chronometer is a specific type of timepiece certified to meet certain precision time-keeping standards.
A popular device in talent and game shows, what device is used to determine the volume of clapping or applause made by an audience?
Clap-o-meter - The clap-o-meter made its first appearance in 1956 on the British TV game show Opportunity Knocks.
Used for scientific examination and airport observation systems, what device is used to determine the size and velocity of raindrops?
Disdrometer - Recent disdrometers can also distinguish between rain, graupel and hail. A hyetometrograph is used to record rainfall amounts.
Which of the following is an instrument used to measure electric charge?
Electrometer - There are many different types of electrometers, ranging from handmade to high-precision electronic instruments.
Found in most cars, which of the following instruments is used to measure distance traveled?
Odometer - Evidence supports that the odometer was first used in ancient Roman times.
Used by your electric company, what device is used to measure electric power (or the supply rate of electrical energy)?
a. Lux Meter
Wattmeter - If you hadn't guessed, wattmeters measure electric power in watts.
Which of the following is a surveying tool used for angle measurements.
Graphometer - Introduced in 1597, the graphometer is also known as the semicircle.
Which instrument is used to measure the strength of magnetic fields?
Magnetometer - The first magnetometer was invented in 1833 by Carl Friedrich Gauss.
Which device listed below is an instrument that measures electrical resistance (the resistance to an electric current)?
Ohmmeter - The unit of measurement for electrical resistance is ohms.
An instrument commonly found at weather stations, what device measures wind speed?
Anemometer - The first mechanical anemometer was invented around 1450 by Leon Battista Alberti.
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