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Why is Mercury used in thermometers?

Question hasn't been has to do with mercury's vapor pressure, but I'm looking for something more specific. Hang on.

-Joe Schultz

Sorry...not vapor pressure. Mercury has a wide liquid state temperature range (mp=-39 C and bp=357 C) so it is convenient to use in thermometers. This range is adequate for lab measurements. Temps out of these ranges usually are measured with something called a thermocouple. This converts heat energy to electrical energy and then into a temperature.

-Joe Schultz

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