AP Physics

Measuring Common Objects


The purpose of this lab activity is to practice:


meter stick

metric ruler

vernier caliper

micrometer caliper

wood block

metal cylinder


There are four parts to this lab. For each section, your lab book should contain:

Here's what you do:

  1. Determine the volume of a block of wood.
  2. Find the volume of a metal cylinder.
  3. Find the thickness of a page of paper in your text book. Think about this. How can you get the most accurate measurement?
  4. Determine the volume of your classroom.

adapted from J.L. Doyle, "Measurement Lab" (Newark High School, Newark, OH). Permission granted by the author.

last update August 14, 2007 by JL Stanbrough