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This page describes units of measurement, unit conversions, dimensional analysis and basic mechanical quantities. Length, Mass and Time link to separate pages that go into more detail on the physical quantities and their definitions. Also included is a link to a page that does unit conversions for the user.
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Awesome resource!

Author: Linda Fox
Posted: January 7, 2011 at 2:51PM

This the the resource that I wish the states would include in their curriculum.  It's comprehensive, detailed, and easy to follow.  I'm going to have copies available in my classroom from now on.

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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

12. Habits of Mind

12B. Computation and Estimation
  • 6-8: 12B/M7b. Convert quantities expressed in one unit of measurement into another unit of measurement when necessary to solve a real-world problem.

Next Generation Science Standards

Crosscutting Concepts (K-12)

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity (3-12)
  • Standard units are used to measure and describe physical quantities such as weight, time, temperature, and volume. (5)

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Alignments

High School — Number and Quantity (9-12)

Quantities? (9-12)
  • N-Q.1 Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multi-step problems; choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays.

High School — Statistics and Probability? (9-12)

Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data (9-12)
  • S-ID.5 Summarize categorical data for two categories in two-way frequency tables. Interpret relative frequencies in the context of the data (including joint, marginal, and conditional relative frequencies). Recognize possible associations and trends in the data.

Common Core State Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects 6—12

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas (6-12)
  • RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

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Topic: Measurement and the Language of Physics
Unit Title: Physics Terminology

If you've never visited the award-winning Hyperphysics web site, put it on your list. It is a set of online tutorials that features concept maps laid out in a web-like fashion for easy navigation. This page describes units of measurement, unit conversions, dimensional analysis, and basic mechanical quantities. Some of the maps are "active graphics", which link to capsules of background information. Remarkably easy to use!

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Topic: Measurement and the Language of Physics
Unit Title: Units of Measure

All mechanical quantities can be expressed in terms of three quantities: length, mass, and time. This item is part of the highly-regarded Hyperphysics concept maps. It describes units of measurement, unit conversions, dimensional analysis, and basic mechanical quantities. Some of the maps are "active graphics", which link to capsules of background information. Remarkably easy to use!

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Topic: Measurement and the Language of Physics
Unit Title: Dimensional Analysis

This web page is part of the highly-regarded Hyperphysics concept maps. It describes units of measurement, unit conversions, dimensional analysis, and basic mechanical quantities. Some of the maps are "active graphics", which link to capsules of background information. Remarkably easy to use!

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