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  1. #1 Thermometer! Discrete or continuous? 
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    Well, I appear to be in a large debate with my friends over whether information collected from a thermometer (in Celsius) is discrete or continuous data? Could someone knowledgeable here please answer my question once and for all . Thanks in advance!


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    Hello? Anyone here? Please can someone help!


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    I believe it's continuous...
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    Don't be impatient!

    Now are you talking at the classical or quantum level since the answers are very different, at the quantum level it is a discreet function at the classical level it is continuous.

    You might also specify what type of thermometer, digital or analogue?
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    Thanks. Analogue thermometer - for measuring the temperature of hot water (I presume that's classical).
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    In which case as it is analogue it is a continuously varying function when considered classically!

    Maybe one of them was trying to be 'clever' and would have pointed to QM, suggest you use the thermometer to take his 'core' temperature... :wink:
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    Ahhh crafty! I see now! Thanks a lot! :-D
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