STEM Lessons for College Students


Physics is about the study of energy and forces. In order to test and measure physical quantities we need to define some standard measures which we everyone can agree on. These standards can never perfectly accurate because they are rooted in the physical world but every endevour is made to make them as precise as possible. The internationally recognised authority for the definition of these standards is the Conference Generale des Poids et Measures (CGPM).
We must ensure that the result we use in our calculations are in the correct units. The consequence of getting it wrong can be very expensive as with the loss of the NASA Mars Climate Orbiter spacecraft in 1999. It spun out of control because part of the software assumed Imperial units and another part assumed metric units.

The units by which we now measure physical quantities is called the S.I. (System International) system established in 1960. Within this system, the most commonly used set of units in physics are M.K.S (Metres, Kilograms, Seconds) system

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