Laying the Groundwork

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Table of Contents

Laying the Groundwork

We Are Scientists, We Use Scientific Notation!

Scientific Notation, Specifically

We are Scientists, We use the Metric System!

History of the Metric System

History, Part 2

History, Part 3

History, Part 4

Prefixes

Old, but not Forgotten

Length

Meter

A Fly in the Ointment

Historical Detail

Special Units

Old Anglo Saxon Units

USA and the Metric System

Mass

Kilogram

Historical Detail

Old Anglo-Saxon Units

Time

Nature Gives Us Natural Time Scales

Atomic Clock at NIST

Seemed Like a Good Idea, but...

Temperature

History of Temperature Scales

History of Temperature Scales

Half a Dozen One, 6 to the Other

Absolute Temperature

Counting and Measuring

Accuracy and Precision

Errors

What It Means

Significant Digits

Insights into Sig Figs

Vectors and Scalars

Graphs

Scatter Plots

Histogram

Histogram

We Are Scientists, We Use the Scientific Method

Author: Laura Whitlock

Email: laura.whitlock@sonoma.edu

Home Page: http://perry.sonoma.edu/~whitlock