This page contains a step-by-step tutorial in converting between units. It begins with one-step conversions, progressing to problems requiring multiple unit conversion. Areas of frequent student difficulty are given extra attention by the author, who presents the tutorial in an informal writing style designed to engage high school students.
This tutorial is part of an award-winning collection of free resources developed to promote understanding and confidence in algebra.
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August 14, 2009
by Caroline Hall
January 23, 2013
by Caroline Hall
Last Update when Cataloged:
February 6, 2008
This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.
Topic: Measurement and the Language of Physics Unit Title: Applying Measurement in Physics
Converting between units doesn't have to be frustrating to your students. This tutorial, part of an award-winning collection, is the best we found for demonstrating how to use unit cancellation to solve problems involving unit conversions.
Topic: Measurement and the Language of Physics Unit Title: Dimensional Analysis
Your students will need to understand how to cancel units before they can solve problems using dimensional analysis. Beginning with simple one-step conversions, it progresses to problems requiring multiple conversions. Students will like the informal writing style by the author, whose motto is "If I can do this stuff, then so can you!"
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