Cooking, taking the right amount of medicine, putting petrol in the car, knowing the right time to do something. These are just some of the tasks you undertake daily that simply wouldn’t be possible without some aspect of measurement.
Knowing the time would be hard without some sort of timepiece like a clock to measure it. If we didn’t all agree on what the time was and have a way to measure it accurately we would all turn up for things at different times.
You would struggle to bake a cake if you didn’t have scales, have an oven that you can set to the right temperature, and a timer to tell you when the cake is ready to come out. The more you pay attention, the more measurements you will notice you are making. Have a look at this guide created by NPL for some more examples of measurement in daily life.
Really really accurate measurements may not be that important to the measuring you do at home. If you end up with a gram or two more sugar in your cake mix you probably won’t mind that much, but in science, medicine, engineering, electronics and lots of other industries even tiny amounts can have a huge impact, and it’s important that everyone is using the same measurements.
Here are 5 examples of times things went wrong due to errors in measurement