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1.3: Measuring Distance

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  • Most objects encountered in biology range from under a millimeter to meters in length or diameter.

    1. Obtain a human bone. Handle with care. Consult the articulated skeleton to find out the location of the bone.
      1. What part of the body is the bone from?
      2. What is the scientific name of this bone?
    2. Measure the length of the bone in centimeters (cm).
      1. Translate your measurement into meters (m) and milimeters (mm).
    3. Use the meter stick to measure the length of your arm or leg, thumb.
      1. Translate your measurement into centimeters (cm) and milimeters (mm).