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Words First: Mastering Unit Conversion

Unit conversions refer to the sometimes annoying, occasionally tricky, but ultimately necessary process of attaching proper words with proper numbers to get right solutions in science and engineering tasks. For students taking courses in science, getting these right translates to points and grades. This short "how to" manual leads readers through the process of doing unit conversions correctly.



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IMPORTANT NOTE: Equation fonts are not good in pdf, but are good in html and javascript. Also, superscripts (like powers, such as squares or cubes) do not appear correctly. For example, meters squared would be m^2, but appears as m2 when not in equation mode. As a result, scientific notation and powers of units that appear in text, in contrast to in equations, do not appear correct, but these are easy to recognize, and the meaning is clear.

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