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Units, dimensions

  1. Jun 8, 2009 #1
    I'm searching for an online text on units, units systems, dimensions, dimensional analysis and so forth. A nice overview or summary, or an introduction not geared to the complete beginner. Has anybody a good link?

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  3. Jun 8, 2009 #2

    robphy

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  4. Jun 9, 2009 #3
    Thanks, Robby!

    Anybody else?
     
  5. Jun 9, 2009 #4
    I don't see how one could write a whole textbook on dimensional analysis. It seems to me that you could summarize the whole thing in 10 pages or so. Regardless, I've never heard of such a book but I'd just see the first chapter of any introductory physics book
     
  6. Jun 9, 2009 #5

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    There's a nice chapter in Mechanics by Landau and Lifgarbagez
    that discusses how one can deduce the form of some physics formulas
    using "mechanical similarity", which is related to dimensional analysis and scaling arguments.
    It is unlikely that such a discussion would be in an introductory text.
     
  7. Jun 9, 2009 #6
    Well, that's why I'm not looking for a book, but for some material on the net, some 20 pages pdf or so.
     
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