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written by Angela King
designer: Yue-Ling Wong
This interactive tutorial provides practice in using dimensional analysis to do metric conversions and validate the conversion factors in equations. Students are first guided through two example problems, then progress to exercises requiring self-solving. Users may click to add conversion factors or select units from a drop-down menu. Helpful tools include a "Pencil and Eraser" that allows students to draw lines for cancellation of units, and a "Balance" tool that tells them whether their conversion factors are valid.

This resource is appropriate for students of high school physics.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
General Physics
- Measurement/Units
= Units and Dimensional Analysis
Other Sciences
- Mathematics
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Problem/Problem Set
= Tutorial
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- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
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© 2000 Angela King & Yue-Ling Wong, 2000
Keywords:
base units, conversion factors, dimensions, interactive homework, interactive problem, tutorial, unit conversion
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Metadata instance created August 13, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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February 13, 2013 by Lyle Barbato
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November 21, 2005
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Topic: Measurement and the Language of Physics
Unit Title: Dimensional Analysis

Dimensional analysis (DA) is a technique that is used to change any unit from one to another and to validate equations. Students who understand DA have a definite advantage in solving problems. This terrific interactive tutorial starts with slowly-paced guidance, then progresses with conversion problems. Cool tools include a "Pencil & Eraser" allowing students to draw lines to cancel units, and a "Balance" tool to tell them whether their conversion factors are valid. Requires Shockwave plug-in.

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A. King, (2000), WWW Document, (http://users.wfu.edu/ylwong/chem/dimensionanalysis/index.html).
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A. King, Dimensional Analysis Tutorials (2000), <http://users.wfu.edu/ylwong/chem/dimensionanalysis/index.html>.
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King, A. (2005, November 21). Dimensional Analysis Tutorials. Retrieved July 29, 2014, from http://users.wfu.edu/ylwong/chem/dimensionanalysis/index.html
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King, Angela. Dimensional Analysis Tutorials. November 21, 2005. http://users.wfu.edu/ylwong/chem/dimensionanalysis/index.html (accessed 29 July 2014).
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King, Angela. Dimensional Analysis Tutorials. 2000. 21 Nov. 2005. 29 July 2014 <http://users.wfu.edu/ylwong/chem/dimensionanalysis/index.html>.
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