Practice MCQs For Measurement of Physical Quantities

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1. Which of the following is a scalar quantity?
2. A micrometer screw gauge is precise to ________ ?
3. A vernier caliper is precise to __________ ?
4. When using a measuring cylinder, one precaution to take is to __________.
5. Which device can be used to measure the thickness of a single sheet of paper?
6. What is the zero error as shown in the figure below?

Micrometer reading v1
7. Which group of quantities consists of all vectors?
  1. Mass, force, weight
  2. Weight, acceleration, work done
  3. Weight, displacement, force
8. What would you use to measure the diameter of a beaker in a lab?
9. The figure below shows the final reading on a vernier caliper with a zero error of -0.3 mm. What is the actual measurement?

Caliper reading v2
10. A workman measures, as accurately as possible, the length and internal diameter of a straight copper pipe.

The length is approximately 600 cm and the internal diameter is approximately 2 cm.

What is the best combination of instruments for the workman to use?
Internal DiameterLength
CVernier CalipersRuler
DVernier CalipersTape


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    • For measuring on vernier calipers, first read the main scale reading at the edge of the thimble, then read the thimble scale reading opposite the datum line, thimble scale has 50 divisions each division is equal to 0.01 mm, so multiply the thimble scale reading with 0.01 mm. Then add the both readings.

  1. What if we say that EMF: This is the process on which the cell manage to convert chemical and mechanical energy into electrical energy.

      • What is the zero error as shown below? Ans: -0.7 mm
        Which of the following is a scalar quantity?
        1:the heat needed to boil some water
        2:the effort needed to hammer a nail into wood
        3:the braking force needed to stop a car
        4:the thrust needed to lift a rocket off the ground

        Correct answer: 1

        • If a vernier caliper has a minus/negative error, you have to count from the end of the vernier scale. In this case, counting from the end of the vernier scale, the points on the vernier scale and main scale line up at 0.7 mm (0.3 mm if counted from the front). Hence, the vernier caliper has a zero error of -0.7mm. Hope this helps. πŸ™‚

    • Question 9. See the diagram for a micrometer screw Gaugae or use a real one in order to close on an object use a thimble but in order to get an accurate answere by avoiding squeezing of the object a ratchet is used.

    • for question 8.
      the question asked for quantities consisting of vector.
      vector has 6 quantities,which are: force, acceleration, momentum, velocity, weight, displacement
      i usually memorize them by “famvwd” which is^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      Hope it helps.=)

  2. Question 3, I believe there’s an error. The correct answer given is Vernier Caliper, however theres a value of 1.37mm. A vernier caliper can only measure up to 1 decimal point, whereas the micrometer screw gauge can measure up to 2 decimal points..


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