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My teacher often recommends the usage of a smaller/more narrow measuring cylinder over a larger one while performing experiments but why is that? Does it help in accuracy in any way?

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    $\begingroup$ The relative cylinder resolution is given by the height resolution divided by the actual height difference. Which of the narrower versus wider cylinder gives better value of this parameter for a given volume? $\endgroup$ – Poutnik Apr 24 at 6:10
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    $\begingroup$ Related answer: chemistry.stackexchange.com/a/37788/101286 $\endgroup$ – Loong Apr 24 at 6:19
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    $\begingroup$ Adding an excess of ten drops in a narrow cylinder is visible : it does make a difference. It does not in a wide cylinder. The accuracy is better in a narrow cylinder. $\endgroup$ – Maurice Apr 24 at 7:59
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    $\begingroup$ That is why a volumetric container always has a narrow neck. $\endgroup$ – Alchimista Apr 24 at 12:07
  • $\begingroup$ Well, that explains why my 1 cm long thermometer, with 10 cm diameter, is so insensitive and hard to read! ;-) $\endgroup$ – Ed V Apr 24 at 19:31

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