A Discussion on an Expression Written about Dimensional Analysis in a Physics Textbook

  • Ali Yıldız Atatürk University

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to discuss a wrong statement written about dimensional analysis in a physics text
book prepared for the students who are studying in science, engineering and teaching undergraduate programs at
universities and who have to take compulsory physics courses, to analyse the use of the text book including the
wrong expression and its effects, and to define it again. Document analysis is used as the main method of data
collection instrument in qualitative studies. The data of this qualitative study were gathered by examining the
documents such as book or scientific paper published on the subject with a descriptive analysis method. The
attention drawing statement in the physics textbook commonly used around the word is, “All quantities can be
converted into length, time and mass units in the end. No matter how complex any physical quantity is, it is
stated as algebraic combination of these three basic quantities.” The most important findings of this study are as
follows: the wrong description about dimensional analysis will not only be a book error, it will lead to
misconceptions, and it will hinder learning dimensional analysis correctly and students’ studying physics course.

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Published
2017-02-24
How to Cite
YILDIZ, Ali. A Discussion on an Expression Written about Dimensional Analysis in a Physics Textbook. European Journal of Physics Education, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 3, p. 1-7, feb. 2017. ISSN 1309-7202. Available at: <http://eu-journal.org/index.php/EJPE/article/view/8>. Date accessed: 18 jan. 2021.
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