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What in nature causes Newton's gravitation constant to have its given value?

Does the value of Newton's universal gravitational constant $G$ remain a mystery? Why does it have the value that it has?
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Power statement is valid for MW Or KiloWatts? [closed]

If I can talk to someone and tell him that a new power plant inaugurated by Prime Minister will produce $60$ megawatts per hour, will it be true to use $\mathrm{MW}$ unit for Power?
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Why are measurements standardized the way they are?

Using meters as a base length, squaring or cubing lengths smaller than 0.67m makes the square term larger than the cubed term. This fact causes certain properties of physics (how rain needs to form?) ...
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Converting $W/m^2 $ unit [duplicate]

In my equation I have a unit measured in MET found here $1MET=58.2 W/m^2 $. But my other parameter which is metabolic heat generation is measured in $W/m^3$ . I want to convert $W/m^2$ units ...
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Does this dimensioneless quantity have a name?

When studying creeping flows, a common choice for a characteristic pressure scale is $$p_0 = \frac{\mu_0 U_0}{L_0},$$ where $\mu_0$ is a reference dynamic viscosity, $U_0$ is a reference velocity and ...
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Are the 7 base quantities in SI system really independent?

In a typical description of the 7 base quantities of the SI system we see the following two points: All other quantities can be derived from them. They are "independent". My question is about ...
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Is it a problem that you can write the logarithm of a quantity with units? [duplicate]

While working out something in thermodynamics, I encountered an equation that had a term like $\log(n_1/n_2)$, where, $n_1$ and $n_2$ are the number densities. Now of course the argument of the $\log$ ...
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Dimensional consistency of an equation

We know that if an equation has to be physically correct then it must be dimensionally consistent i.e. If an equation is not dimensionally correct then it can never be physically correct. Now in the ...
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Dimensional equation for measuring logarithm of volume

I have a measure that uses radiation dose (M.U. $Gray$) and $\log(Volume)$. The measure is $[\frac{Dose}{\log(Volume)}]$ that is $[\frac{D}{\log(l^3)}]$ with $D$ as radiation dose (M.U. unit is Gray) ...
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How to convert between units of heat capacity?

I'm supposed to convert the heat capacity of water in $\frac{cal}{g^oC}$ to the heat capacity in $\frac{J}{(Kg)(K)}$ I was able to convert it from 1.00$\frac{cal}{g^oC}$ to 4184$\frac{J}{Kg^oC}$, but ...
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Why did we make equations dimensionless? [closed]

I study a paper on propagation of plane wave, in which equations are made dimensionless. Equation of motion is \begin{equation*} c_{ijmn}u_{m,nj} = \ddot{u_i} \end{equation*} where $c_{ijmn}$ are ...
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Can a quantity have two units?

We know that Force has unit of newton and torque has unit of newton meter. Then if you define the energy, which has same magnitude of work then, $W=Fx$ has unit of Joule ( $J$ ) (or $Nm$ ) while ...
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Physical interpretation of source term in wave equations

Let me start with an example. If we base our calculations on the Newton's second law without any further mathematical treatment, then our equation describes equilibrium of forces, i.e. it is of the ...
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Why does $v^2=cad$ by dimensional analysis rather than $v^2=ad$? [closed]

Constants are generally added in functions to adjust for when magnitudes don't contain information necessary to the accuracy of the equation. Why is it that $v^2=cad$ instead of $v^2=ad$? What ...
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How are the watt-second, the newton-meter and the joule different?

The joule is $\mathrm{kg\,\ m^2/s^2}$ right? The watt-second is $\mathrm{J/s} \times \mathrm{s}$ thus $\mathrm{J}$. The newton-meter is $\mathrm{kg \,\ m/s^2} \times \mathrm{m}$ thus $\mathrm{kg \,\ ...
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Books or other sources for natural units, Planck units, dimensional analysis etc. for someone with only high-school physics knowledge

I'd like to know more about natural units, Planck units, dimensional analysis, etc., and things like how units are "created" by man or by the universe, universal constants and where they come from. ...
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Units of Velocity Components and Metric Tensor Components

I was watching a GR lecture on youtube, and the speaker explains that the units of the components of velocity are $[v^{\alpha}]=\frac{1}{T}$, the metric tensor has units $[g_{\alpha\beta}]=L^2$, and ...
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How to compare dimension of this with velocity [closed]

Prove that the dimensions of $\large \sqrt{\frac{1}{με}}$ are that of the velocity?
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What is meant by 'probability of transition per unit time'?

Today I came across a term used by Feynman in his thirteenth lecture: 'probability per unit time' to go from $| 1\rangle$ to $|2\rangle$ while initially being at $|1\rangle$. This is the excerpt fom ...
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Effective Medium

Please consider the following problem : A plane wave of wavenumber k is incident on an infinite slab which is inhomogeneous in the z direction. Also assume harmonic time dependence and that the ...
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Dimensional or dimensionless constant

While deriving new equations , how do theoretical physicists know whether the proportionality constant in their equation will be dimensional or dimensionless? I mean, say for example, we consider ...
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How to make two equations dimensionless? [closed]

I recently got set this problem and am having trouble scaling the resulting equations. Any help would be appreciated. An incompressible thermal conducting fluid is contained between two infinite ...
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What happens to the units when squaring a variable?

What happens to the units of a squared variable? For example, if I squared velocity, would the units, metres per second (${\rm m}/{\rm s}$), change as well?
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Dimensional analysis - When can you introduce constants that make dimensions compatible?

I have just read this question: What justifies dimensional analysis. One statement was: Maybe the speed of a comet is given by its period multiplied by its mass. Why not? As a formula this is ...
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Given the Newton constant $G$, the speed of light $c$ and the Planck constant $h$, construct an energy of the system [closed]

How do I use dimensional analysis to construct an energy for the system given the Newton constant $G$, the speed of light $c$ and the Planck constant $h$? I don't know of any energy formulas ...
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Can you express mass in other dimensional units?

I'm just started a Physics I course, and while I've paid attention, I'm stuck on one of the first problems: Express mass ($M$) in terms of acceleration($a$), density($D$), area($A$), and time($t$). ...
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Does the ratio of thermal energy to planck's constant have physical significance?

I realized that I had never noticed that $\left[ \frac{\hbar}{k_B T} \right]=$ Time. At $T \approx 300 K$, we have $\frac{\hbar}{k_B T} \approx 10$ fs. What, if anything, does this quantity mean? Does ...
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Scaling arguments and derivatives

I am trying to understand scaling arguments. Imagine one has a physical theory described by an equation whereby the first (spatial) derivative of a quantity, say $G$, equals the second (spatial) ...
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What forms can units take?

They have stated in my physics book that all units can be made by combining SI base units. I have got a few question about this. Can we raise one unit to the power of another unit? For instance: ...
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Dimensional Analysis of tunnelling current expression

I have been racking my head trying to get the units to work on an expression for 1D tunnel current through a potential barrier. This expression is straight from S. Sze's "Physics of Semiconductor ...
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Drag force - dimensional analysis

I have tried the following example from the link: MIT OCW 8.012 PS1 It is about dimensional analysis. Derive an expression for the drag force on a ball of radius $R$ and mass $M$ moving with ...
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When can two quantities be added together?

Whenever two things are to be added together, one typically needs to check whether this actually makes sense, and an addition is said to make sense, in principle, when the units match up. Yet, ...
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Expanding physical quantities in dimensionless parameters [closed]

I have a system with two dimensionful parameters, say, chemical potential ($ \mu $) and temperature ($ T $). Now I want to write down an ansatz for any physical quantity (e.g, Greens function) at ...
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physical meaning of dimensionless parameter

What does it mean when there is nor not a dimensionless parameter in my model? In quantum harmonic oscillator, we don't have dimensionless parameter while in hydrogen atom case we have one which is ...
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What is the difference between unit and dimensions?

If I say Height of a block = 2m, then would "Height" be called as a dimension
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Why are angles dimensionless and quantities such as length not?

So my friend asked me why angles are dimensionless, to which I replied that it's because they can be expressed as the ratio of two quantities -- lengths. Ok so far, so good. Then came the question: ...
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Relating period, volume, surface area and the velocity of sound by dimensional analysis

The question is:- There is a dimensional relation between period T, volume V, surface area A and the velocity of sound C. Assume that period increases with volume and decrease with increase in area. ...
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Do bras and kets have dimensions?

I'm trying to understand more intuitively what bras and kets are, but some aspects of them remain a mystery to me. We usually think of $\psi (x)$ as having dimension of $[1/\sqrt{L}]$ so that ...
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Exercises with solutions in dimensional analysis - reference request

I am currently trying to brush up on my skills in dimensional analysis, and computing with units. Is there a good source of worked examples, and exercises with solutions? I'd prefer to have solutions ...
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What does this equation mean? [closed]

So I have just entered 11th grade and started limits on my own but my Physics textbook has an equation which I don't understand, I suspect it uses integration which I haven't learned yet. So can ...
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Dimensional Analysis Question [closed]

First of, I would like to say that I have tried this question, and have my answer as well, just not sure such a method of obtaining the answer is valid or not, therefore trying to look for help here. ...
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Buckingham-$\Pi$ theorem application: the case of only 0 or 1 dimensionless groups?

In dimensional analysis, we might consider a problem like: $$ f(q_1, q_2, ..., q_{n-1}) = q_{n} $$ where $q_i$ are physical quantities of interest. In order to determine how many $\Pi$ groups can be ...
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Is the dimension “number of particles” a fundamental, or derived dimension (based on mass), or does it depend on the context, or is it dimensionless?

I consider "fundamental quantities" to be those that have dimensions that are are like length, mass, time, temperature, and so on. "Derived quantities" have dimensions that can be written in terms of ...
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What does mathematical equivalence means here?

On Motls blog, http://motls.blogspot.com/2012/06/on-importance-of-conformal-field.html, while I was trying to understand what dimensional transmutation means, he said: I said that by omitting the ...
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Natural unit conversion

I'm a bit confused about different notions of "natural units" that I encounter occasionally. I'm familiar with Planck units, and in particular I can understand the conversion between, say, metres and ...
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What are the units of the creation and annihilation operators?

The creation and annihilation operators - also known as ladder operators are; $ \hat{a}^\dagger$ and $\hat{a}$ respectively. Using the equation $\hat{H} = \hbarω\left(\hat{a}^\dagger \hat{a} + ...
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Can dimension analysis be used in developing more advanced physics equations?

It is obvious that dimensional analysis can be used to derive many classical mechanics equations (excluding constants). As long as all the dependent quantities are known. My question is whether this ...
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Does the path integral measure have dimension?

For example, in the field functional integral: $$\int D\phi \ e^{S[\phi]} $$ Does the $D\phi$ here have dimensions?
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What does a unit like $C^{1/5}$ or $kg^{1/2}$ physically mean?

I'm more of a math guy than a physics guy so bear with me.... In fractal geometry, fractals are considered to have fractional dimension. For instance an object such as the Koch curve has a fractal ...
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Dimensionless numbers in relativistic theory

Dimensionless numbers allow physicists and engineers to extend the physical modeling landscape by reducing otherwise complex mathematics to a simple proportional relationship. For example by assuming ...