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Unformatted text preview: can be like an entire iceberg while the measure based on an arbitrary zero measure (an interval number) is like what is above the surface of the water. Twice as high above the water is not the same as twice as high altogether, if the icebergs move to fresh water their relative size above the water will change. In this system all the above attributes of the other number systems are included. In addition, zero means the absence of the property. For example, in the Kelvin scale of temperature, 0 degrees means absolute zero, the absence of molecular motion and therefore the absence of temperature. Two degrees Kelvin is twice as hot as 1 degree Kelvin. Ratio numbers are what most people mean when they talk without qualifications about numbers. The following figure illustrates measurement scales....
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