Chapter 1: The Science of Physics

The Scientific Method

An overview of the scientific method including a detailed map of the steps involved.

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_scientific_method.shtml

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_scientific_method.shtml

(Objective: Describe the processes of the scientific method.)

Standard Measurement System (SI)

SI Base Units described and defined, including links to further information on specific units of measurement.

http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/metric/si-units.cfm

http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/metric/si-units.cfm

(Objective: List basic SI units and the quantities they describe.)

http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/metric/upload/SI_Diagram_Color_April_2008-2.pdf

(Objective: List basic SI units and the quantities they describe.)

Metric System

Metric Prefixes and Conversion. A newer link to the same basic information.

http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/basic.htm

http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/basic.htm

(Objective: List basic SI units and the quantities they describe.)

Powers of Ten

A well-known short film about the power of the powers of ten, as it were. It’s old, but still a great representation of how large a seemingly small number can be when visualized.

http://www.powersof10.com/film

(Objective: Convert measurements into scientific notation.)

Significant Figures

Game to test your knowledge of significant figures.

http://lectureonline.cl.msu.edu/~mmp/applist/sigfig/sig.htm

(Objective: Use significant figures in measurements and calculations.)

A tutorial on the use of significant figures

http://www.chem.sc.edu/faculty/morgan/resources/sigfigs/index.html

http://www.chem.sc.edu/faculty/morgan/resources/sigfigs/index.html

(Objective: Use significant figures in measurements and calculations.)

Dimensional Analysis

A (humorous) webcomic applying dimensional analysis to a real world problem.

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/dimensional_analysis.png

(Objective: Use dimensional analysis to check the validity of equations.)