Before Present BP years is a time scale used mainly in archaeology , geology , and other scientific disciplines to specify when events occurred before the origin of practical radiocarbon dating in the s. Because the "present" time changes, standard practice is to use 1 January as the commencement date epoch of the age scale. The BP scale is sometimes used for dates established by means other than radiocarbon dating, such as stratigraphy. Some archaeologists use the lowercase letters bp , bc and ad as terminology for uncalibrated dates for these eras. Radiocarbon dating was first used in Beginning in , metrologists established as the origin year for the BP scale for use with radiocarbon dating, using a based reference sample of oxalic acid.
The initials BP or bp and rarely B. While BP is also used generally as an imprecise estimate of an age of an object or event, the use of it in science was made necessary by the quirks of the radiocarbon methodology. Radiocarbon dating was invented in the late 's, and within a few decades, it was discovered that while the dates retrieved from the method have a sound, repeatable progression, they are not a one-to-one match with calendar years. Most importantly, researchers discovered that radiocarbon dates are affected by the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, which has fluctuated greatly in the past for both natural and human-caused reasons such as the invention of iron smelting , the Industrial Revolution , and the invention of the combustion engine. Tree rings , which keep a record of the amount of carbon in the atmosphere when they are created, are used to calibrate or fine-tune radiocarbon dates to their calendar dates. Scholars use the science of dendrochronology, which matches those annular rings to known carbon fluctuations. That methodology has been refined and improved several times over the last few years.
The teaching of formal grammar has a negligible or, because it usually displaces some instruction and practice in actual composition, even a harmful effect on the improvement of writing. The evidence supports what English teachers have believed for a long time, that traditional grammar instruction is not a viable teaching method. There is a concern amongst teachers that discarding lessons on grammar and conventions could create a generation of students whose written work would be incomprehensible. The question then becomes what we should do as teachers to teach grammar and conventions effectively? The solution can be found in the Features of Effective Writing model which places conventions in the correct placement of the writing process — the very end.
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