Lesson: Measuring TemperaturesPhysics
In this lesson, we will learn how to correctly use thermometers to measure the temperature of liquids and gases.
Sample Question Videos
Which of the following instruments is used to measure temperature?
Jennifer heats water in a copper container using a Bunsen burner, as shown in the diagram. She wants to measure the temperature of the water. She puts a thermometer in the container so that it is in contact with the side of the container. This leads to a higher temperature reading on the thermometer than the actual temperature of the water. Which of the following statements best explains the reason for this?
Chloe wants to measure the temperature of some water in a beaker that is near to its boiling point. She holds the thermometer above the surface of the water, as shown in the diagram, and holds it there until the reading has stabilized. She determines that the temperature of the water is . Which of the following statements explains why this answer is incorrect?