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The purpose of this module is to explain units and dimensional analysis in a format that is accessible to blind students.

Table of contents

Preface

General

This module is part of a collection of modules designed to make physics concepts accessible to blind students.

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This book is intended to supplement but not to replace the textbook in an introductory high school or college physics course.

The purpose of this module is to explain units and dimensional analysis in a format that is accessible to blind students.

Prerequisites

In addition to an Internet connection and a browser, you will need the following tools (as a minimum) to work through the exercises in these modules:

  • A graph board for plotting graphs and vector diagrams ( (External Link) ).
  • A protractor for measuring angles ( (External Link) ).
  • An audio screen reader that is compatible with your operating system, such as the NonVisual Desktop Access program (NVDA), which is freelyavailable at (External Link) .
  • A refreshable Braille display capable of providing a line by line tactile output of information displayed on the computer monitor ( (External Link) ).
  • A device to create Braille labels. Will be used to label graphs constructed on the graph board.
  • The ability to create tactile graphics as described here .

The minimum prerequisites for understanding the material in these modules include:

  • A good understanding of algebra.
  • An understanding of the use of a graph board for plotting graphs and vector diagrams ( (External Link) ).
  • An understanding of the use of a protractor for measuring angles ( (External Link) ).
  • A basic understanding of the use of sine, cosine, and tangent from trigonometry ( (External Link) ).
  • An introductory understanding of JavaScript programming ( (External Link) and (External Link) )).
  • An understanding of all of the material covered in the earlier modules in this collection.
  • An understanding of the creation and use of tactile graphics as described here .

Viewing tip

I recommend that you open another copy of this document in a separate browser window and use the following links to easily find and view the figuresand listings while you are reading about them.

Figures

  • Figure 1 . Single-line format.
  • Figure 2 . SI base units.
  • Figure 3 . Examples of SI derived units.
  • Figure 4 . A sampling of SI prefixes.
  • Figure 5 . Screen output for Listing #1.
  • Figure 6 . Screen output for Listing #2.
  • Figure 7 . Screen output for Listing #3.
  • Figure 8 . Mirror image from the file named Phy1050a1.svg.
  • Figure 9 . Key-value table for the image shown in Figure 8.
  • Figure 10 . Non-mirror-image version of the image from the file named Phy1050a1.svg.

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Source:  OpenStax, Accessible physics concepts for blind students. OpenStax CNX. Oct 02, 2015 Download for free at https://legacy.cnx.org/content/col11294/1.36
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