What are the uses of a thermometer? 

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megamind-616 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Thermometers are used to measure temperature. Below is a list of some scenarios in which a thermometer might be used.

- To measure the outdoor temperature. 

- To measure body temperature during a physical exam at the doctors.

- To measure body temperature when someone is ill to determine if he/she has a fever. 

- To measure the temperature of an oven.

- To measure the temperature of meat after it is cooked to make sure that it is warm enough to have killed off bacteria and, therefore, safe to consume. 

- To measure the temperature of a pool. 

- To measure the temperature of sugar when making candy. This is of utmost importance because, if the sugar becomes too warm, then it can burn and will not crystallize. 

- To measure the temperature of an incubator for a premature infant or for growing bacterial specimens in the lab. 

This is by no means an all-inclusive list, but I hope it gets you started! 

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