Question Video: Identifying the Best Unit to Measure the Mass of a Creature Mathematics

What is the best unit to measure the weight (mass) of a blue whale? [A] the pound [B] the ton [C] the ounce.

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What is the best unit to measure the weight or mass of a blue whale, the pound, the ton, or the ounce?

Let’s think about each of those weights and how much they’re worth. Let’s start with the smallest weight, the ounce. Lots of things weigh one ounce, like a mouse. 16 ounces makes a pound. Lots of things weigh a pound, like a bottle of soda.

Lots of things weigh a ton, like a car. So what would be the best unit to measure a blue whale? The best unit would be a ton. The ton is the best unit to measure the weight of the whale. We compared the whale to different objects that weigh an ounce, a pound, and a ton and decided that the ton was the best unit.

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