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Precise measurements of physical quantities are a need of science. For example, to ascertain the speed of an aircraft, one must have an accurate method to find its positions at closely separated instants of time. This was the actual motivation behind the discovery of radar in World War II. Think of different examples in modern science
where precise measurements of length, time, mass etc. are needed. Also, wherever you can, give a quantitative idea of the precision needed.


It is indeed very true that precise measurements of physical quantities are essential for the development of science.

For example, ultra-shot laser pulses (time interval ∼ 10
–15 s) are used to measure time intervals in several physical and chemical processes.
X-ray spectroscopy is used to determine the inter atomic separation or inter-planer spacing. 

The development of mass spectrometer makes it possible to measure the mass of atoms precisely.
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What is measurement?

Measurement is the process of attaching a numeric value to an aspect of a natural phenomenon. Measurement is making the quantitative knowledge of a physical quantity. 
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Define physical quantity.

 


A measurable quantity in terms of which laws of Physics can be expressed is called physical quantity.

The result of a measurement of a physical quantity is expressed by a number accompanied by a unit.


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Give four examples of physical quantities.

Examples of Physical quantitie are force, mass, density and power.
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What is the need of measurement?

To get the complete knowledge of any physical quantity, measurement is needed. Measurement of any physical quantity involves comparison with a certain basic, arbitrarily chosen, internationally accepted reference standard called unit. Knowledge without measurement is incomplete and unsatisfactory. 
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Define unit.

The quantity used as a standard of measurement is called unit. 

Example: Unit of time is second. 

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