When measuring a quantity, the units we use are just as important as the numerical value we obtain. Stating that the mass of an object is one, says very little about the actual mass of the object. Someone reasonably then might ask, “One what?”
Read on to discover why it is absolutely critical that you convert to the correct units of measurement.
Some People Use Different Units
As mentioned earlier, there are many different types of units to use when measuring just about anything. That being said, there are also different types of units to use when measuring a single item—which can sometimes lead to confusion to mix-ups.
If you receive measurements from someone else’s work and their findings, and you don’t then set your work to match their units of measurement, your entire project will be doomed. It is vital to understand that your go-to unit of measurement may not be someone else’s go-to unit of measurement, and that is something you must constantly check and adjust for.
Some Quantities Are Complicated to Measure
While there are easier things to measure like the height of the tallest skyscraper or the length of the Great Wall of China, there are far more complicated things to measure like the density of lava or the acceleration of a meteor. Using the correct unit of measurement is absolutely vital to a correct calculation that’ll produce the answer you are hoping to find, but one incorrect unit and everything fades away. Many quantities that are difficult to measure, such as volume, force and velocity, require complicated equations that must be calculated using their own specific unit of measurement.
Different Units Measure Different Things
It’s a no-brainer that different units measure different base quantities. While some units can measure multiple quantities, or one quantity can be measured by multiple units, there are general rules and categories that most units separate into.
You would not measure the quantity of time with the same units used to measure the quantity of temperature, nor would you measure the quantity of length with the same units you use to measure the quantity of mass. But when measuring length alone, there are many different types of units you could use (centimeter, inch, foot) as well as when you measure temperature (Fahrenheit, Kelvin, Celsius.)
So it is absolutely critical that you convert to the correct units of measurement.
Check out the video below to learn more about converting units!