1A20.41 - Vernier Calipers - Vernier Scale

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Vernier Calipers - Vernier Scale
Vernier Scales
Area of Study:
Large and Small Vernier Calipers.

Show and tell on how to use and read a Vernier calipers or Vernier scale.

  • Mike Tomac, "Author’s Response", TPT, Vol. 54, #6, Sept. 2016, p. 325.
  • B. Sharmila, "Iterative Correction to Vernier Procedure", TPT, Vol. 54, #6, Sept. 2016, p. 325.
  • Mike Tomac, Cricket Bidleman, and Dan Brown, "Homemade Wooden Vernier Scales for Use by Blind Students", TPT, Vol. 54, #5, May 2016, p. 285.
  • E. S. Oberhofer, "The Vernier Caliper and Significant Figures", TPT Vol. 23, #8, Nov. 1985, p. 493.
  • Peter Thompson, "A Note on the Vernier Scale", TPT, Vol. 6, #2, Feb. 1968, p. 71.
  • Alistair Kwan, "Vernier Scales and Other Early Devices for Precise Measurement", AJP, Vol. 79, #4, Apr. 2011, p. 368.
  • Queen's Catalogue Vol. I, Catalogue of Mathematics and Engineering, No. A 653, p. 65.

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