# What are Measuring Scales?

Measuring scales can be a little confusing, so here is an article to help clear things up.

First, there are two main types of measuring scales- linear and nonlinear. Linear scales are just like rulers, with units on one side and measurements on the other. Nonlinear scales are more complicated and can measure a variety of things, like weight, temperature, or distance.

Linear scales are the most common type, and they are usually the easiest to use. To use a linear scale, you just need to know the unit on one side and the measurement on the other. For example, a linear scale might have units like inches and ounces, and you could use it to measure things like weight or height.

Nonlinear scales are more complicated, but they can be more accurate. To use a nonlinear scale, you first need to determine the unit. Usually, this is easy because the unit is right on the scale. For example, a nonlinear scale might have units like pounds or meters. After you determine the unit, you need to figure out the measurement. For example, a nonlinear scale might have units like ounces and grams.

Once you have the measurement, you can use it to measure things on the scale. For example, if you wanted to measure weight, you would put the weight on the scale and then use the measurement to figure out the pounds.

Overall, measuring scales can be a little confusing, but with a little practice, you can use them to measure everything from weight to distance.