ERIC Number: EJ1074886
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
Time to Ditch Non-SI Units in Physics Teaching?
Physics Education, v50 n5 p608-611 Sep 2015
The current use of two sets of units in the UK continues to be a source of muddle and confusion. Young people are taught metric (SI) units in school but, in the outside world, still have to contend with units such as inches, feet, pounds, stones and miles. Specialist teachers and practitioners of the sciences are not blameless. This paper considers the fact that some units commonly used in physics, astronomy, and physics education are unnecessary, involve time-wasting conversions and frequently lead to confusion or even error. This unsatisfactory situation is illustrated by examples, and suggestions are made for a radical improvement.
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Metric System, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Redundancy, Energy, Geometric Concepts, Time, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Methodology, Measurement Techniques, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom