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:confused:Vernier Calipers Help!

  1. May 23, 2012 #1
    Why we are not able to measure diameters or lengths of less than 1 cm using vernier calipers?
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  3. May 23, 2012 #2


    Staff: Mentor

  4. May 23, 2012 #3
    It is not that you can't measure less than 1cm (10mm) it depends on the accuracy you are after.
    If you have a mm scale the measurements could be out by +/- 1mm and for something less than 10mm this is worse than a +/-10% error. In most physics experiments that would be considered not good enough.
    A vernier scale gives you 1 more significant figure so the error could be +/- 0.1mm.
    This is better but as you get less than 10mm it may still not be good enough and you need to resort to another measuring instrument.... micrometer, travelling microscope etc.
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