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measuring matter
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Science
09/26/2009

Term
 matter
Definition
 something that has mass and takes up space
Term
 International system of units (S.I.)
Definition
 standard units of measure in science
Term
 the metric system
Definition
 another name for S.I.
Term
 meter
Definition
 basic unit of measure of length in S.I.
Term
 tools used to measure length in S.I.
Definition
 ruler, calipers, meter stick, tape measure
Term
 mass
Definition
 amount of matter in a given space
Term
 weight
Definition
 measure of the pull of gravity on an object
Term
 gram
Definition
 basic unit of measure for mass in S.I.
Term
 tools used to measure mass in S.I.
Definition
 triple-beam balance, spring scale, electronic balance
Term
 volume
Definition
 the amount of space taken up by an object
Term
 liter
Definition
 basic unit of measure of volume in S.I.
Term
 tools to measure volume in S.I.
Definition
Term
 formula for volume of a rectangular prism
Definition
 length × width × height (V = lwh)
Term
 meniscus
Definition
 the curved line formed by a liquid in a container [image]
Term
 Where do you read the meniscus?
Definition
 at the bottom of the curved line
Term
 water displacement
Definition
 procedure for finding volume of irregular shaped objects
Term
 How do you use water displacement to find the volume of an irregular object?
Definition
Term
 density
Definition
 relationship between an object's mass & its volume
Term
 How many milliters (mL) are there in one cubic centimeter (cm3)?
Definition
 1 cm3 = 1 mL
Term
 formula for density
Definition
 mass ÷ volume (D = m/v)
Term
 unit label used for density
Definition
 grams/cubic centimeters (g/cm3) or grams/milliliters (g/mL)
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