NUMBAT OER - Open Educational Resources

1. Introduction

Biosciences use a wide range of measurements and physical scales. This web resource document is provided to clarify the units used commonly – you may find that you will need some other specialist information in some cases.

With very few exceptions that will be covered explicitly where they occur in your courses, measurement data will consist of length (or distance), time, mass, energy and temperature. Almost invariably, you will use the group of units in the SI (Système International d'Unités) protocol.

You can also find out more detail on a web page from the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics teaching at the University of Plymouth at and follow section 7 'Mensuration'. The page opens in a new window or tab.