1A10.30 - Metric vs. English Demos - Yard & Meter - Ruler Scales

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Metric vs. English Demos - Yard & Meter - Ruler Scales
Units of Measure
Area of Study:
Meter sticks and yard sticks, stopwatch.

No advance notice required, set up as shown.

The standard meter bars are in wooden boxes located with the rest of the meter sticks.  Several different version are available.

  • William Hooper, "Star Wars Goes Metric", TPT, Vol. 26, #5, May 1988, p. 307.
  • William Hooper, "The Walking Meterstick", TPT, Vol. 25, #4, Apr. 1987, p. 236.
  • William Hooper, "The Meter is Redefined", TPT, Vol. 24, #1, p. 52, Jan. 1987.
  • J.L. Heilbron, "The Politics of the Meter Stick", AJP, 57, #11, Nov. 1989, p. 988.
  • P. Giacomo, "The New Definition of the Meter", AJP, Vol. 52, #7, July 1984, p. 607.
  • Standard Meter Picture, Physics Today, Vol. 74, #8, Aug. 2021, p. 51.
  • Borislaw Bilash II, David Maiullo, "How Close Can You Get?", A Demo a Day: A Year of Physics Demonstrations, p. 12.
  • M- 016:  "Painted Meter Stick", DICK and RAE Physics Demo Notebook.
  • Queen's Catalogue Vol. I, Catalogue of Mathematics and Engineering, No. A 573, p. 60..
  • Queen's Catalogue Vol. I, Catalogue of Mathematics and Engineering, p. 175.

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