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A Practical Guide to the International System of Units

Dennis Brownridge has written a 14-page Practical Guide to the International System of Units that is designed mainly for teachers and adults, but which he also uses in 11th and 12th grade high school classes.

Practical Guide

It is available here: Practical Guide to the International System of Units (PDF, 1.5 MB).

For an idea of its organization, here is a table of contents.

  1. Advantages and history
  2. Base & derived units
  3. Characters not on the keyboard
  4. Prefixes
  5. Prefixes on a calculator
  6. Precision and rounding
  7. Volume: cubic meter
  8. Area: square meter
  9. Mass and density
  10. Time and frequency
  11. Force, acceleration, weight
  12. Pressure
  13. Energy and power
  14. Heat and temperature
  15. The mole
  16. References

In addition, the guide includes several tables:

  1. Prefixes
  2. SI units
  3. Special characters
  4. Volume: common multiples of the cubic meter
  5. Area: common multiples of the square meter
  6. Mass: common multiples of the kilogram
  7. Rules for expressing quantities
  8. Common non-SI units approved for use with SI
  9. Definitions of the base units

Download Practical Guide to the International System of Units (PDF, 1.5 MB).

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