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  Session: Defining Units: Old and New
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Using History to Take the Mystery Out of Units
  Meeting: 2017 Summer Meeting: Cincinnati, Ohio
  Location: N/A
  Time: 9:30AM
  Author: Robert A. Morse,, Emeritus, St. Albans School,
202-537-0759, ramorse@rcn.com
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Units in physics in the U.S. are trickier for introductory students than in most of the world as our “homely and familiar” units differ from our physics units. For years I have taken time to do a quick review of the history of units (a fascinating study in itself) in the context of providing practice with unit conversion, and tying values of units to familiar objects. I will give a quick overview of some of the units and their stories I have used in this endeavor.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AAPT Summer 2017 - AC3 .pdf

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