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Upper Elementary Science - II
1.8 Measuring Temperature - Types of Thermometers

Thermometers are used to measure temperature. There are many types of thermemetrs used for various purposes. We will see how the clinical thermometers are classified. Clinical thermometers are basically used to record the temperature of human body.

Clinical thermometers are classified as:

  • Mercury or Digital thermometers
  • Fever Strip
  • Instant Thermometers
Mercury Thermometers: They are used under the child's arm or mouth. Plastic digital thermometers, which beep when they're ready, are easier to use and read than traditional thin glass thermometers. They're also less fragile. Some also bend to mould into the shape of underarm.

If you take the temperature in your mouth or ear, the normal temperature is between 36 and 36.8 C (97.7 to 99.1F).

Fever Strip: It is placed on the forehead. It is fast to use and is good as a general guide, but not as accurate as other methods.

Instant Thermometer: It is used in the ear. It is quicker (almost instantaneous), easier to use and read, and very accurate, but it is a lot more expensive.

Directions: Answer the following questions.
Q 1: The normal temperature of a child is
97.7 to 99.1F
92.7 to 94.1F
95.7 to 97.1F

Q 2: Digital thermometers are placed

Q 3: The temperature from a fever strip is recorded by placing it
under the arm
in the ear
on the forehead

Q 4: The most expensive thermometer.
Fever Strip

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