Statement of a problem № 41481


The first length standard, adopted in the 18th century, was a platinum bar with two very fine marks separated by what was defined to be exactly 1 m. If this standard bar was to be accurate to within ± 1.0 μm, how carefully would the trustees have needed to control the temperature? The coefficient of linear expansion for platinum is 9 X 10-6 Co-1.

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