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Weights and Measures

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Visit this site: http://museum.nist.gov/exhibits/ex1/index.html

Author:National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Description: A virtual museum exhibit examining the role of the United States government in the development and standardization of weights and measures, in eight sections: America before standard weights and measures; Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler; The Office of Weights and Measures in the Coast and Geodetic Survey, 1836-1901; The Mendenhall Order; The founding of the National Bureau of Standards in 1901; From artifacts to physical constants; The dissemination of standard weights and measures; and A social history of weights and measures. This last section, dealing with the topics of milk, odometers, grocery goods, and gas pumps, was written by students in the Maryland Virtual High School of Science and Mathematics Summer Program, in collaboration with NIST staff members.

Levels: Late Elem. (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Graphics, Museums, Public and Government Institutions
Math Topics: Terms/Units of Measure

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