• Question: How many units of measurement are there in the world?

    Asked by alishan to Alex, Alison, Gavin, Helen, Miranda on 9 Jul 2012.
    • Photo: Alex Ireland

      Alex Ireland answered on 9 Jul 2012:


      There must be thousands and thousands, because you can measure almost anything! There’s even a measurement scale for how hot chillis are called the Scoville scale. There’s a standard set of units called the International System of Units which most people in most countries use. These measurements are things like metres, kilograms and seconds which most countries use – although UK and USA still have some measurements in old units like stones, pounds and feet/yards.

    • Photo: Alison Atkin

      Alison Atkin answered on 9 Jul 2012:


      I agree with Alex, I think there are almost infite units of measurements. Also, because as long as record what system you are using, you can make anything a unit of measurement. I could say that I am 164cm tall, 5’4″ tall, or approximately 8 bananas tall. 😀 Wow, eight bananas doesn’t sound very much… but the average banana is about 8 inches or about 20 cm long, so… it must be right!

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