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Training Module: Accurately Weighing and Measuring: Technique

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8. Which Units to Use?

The choice of whether to use English or metric units for measurements and plotting can depend on a variety of circumstances.

If the available equipment is accurately calibrated and the measurers follow standard procedures, then data can be recorded in either English or metric units.

Many community clinics use English units, while most secondary and tertiary clinics and research projects prefer to use metric units.

The most important factors are to develop reliable techniques, to use calibrated equipment, and to perform accurate measurements.

Metric or English units?
Depends on user preference
Either unit is OK
Accuracy is most important

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