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This website offers a tutorial on dimensional analysis.  The tutorial includes an introduction to dimensional analysis, example problems, and a series of self-paced questions.  The user can gain a better understanding of how to use units to help verify answers and equations.  

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

Dimensions of a quantity refer to the combination of units or base quantities that make it up. Most physical quantities can be expressed in terms of five basic dimensions and their combinations: mass, length, time, electrical current, and temperature. Often, students have difficulty understanding why dimensions are different than units. This tutorial contains basic information, 3 short quizzes and one longer post-test. Your students can move at their own pace or work in cooperative groups. **NOTE: This activity can be done without computers, as all components are printable.

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(Department of Physics, University of Guelph, Guelph, 2006), WWW Document, (http://www.physics.uoguelph.ca/tutorials/dimanaly/).
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Guelph Physics Tutorials: Dimensional Analysis, (Department of Physics, University of Guelph, Guelph, 2006), <http://www.physics.uoguelph.ca/tutorials/dimanaly/>.
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Guelph Physics Tutorials: Dimensional Analysis. (2006, March 29). Retrieved October 23, 2014, from Department of Physics, University of Guelph: http://www.physics.uoguelph.ca/tutorials/dimanaly/
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Department of Physics, University of Guelph. Guelph Physics Tutorials: Dimensional Analysis. Guelph: Department of Physics, University of Guelph, March 29, 2006. http://www.physics.uoguelph.ca/tutorials/dimanaly/ (accessed 23 October 2014).
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Guelph Physics Tutorials: Dimensional Analysis. Guelph: Department of Physics, University of Guelph, 2006. 29 Mar. 2006. 23 Oct. 2014 <http://www.physics.uoguelph.ca/tutorials/dimanaly/>.
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