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Bohr's model and positronium

I was trying to get an order of magnitude estimate for the radii and energies of positronium using the Bohr's model. I did find a few places where they have used the reduced mass to replace the ...
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What is the fundamental units for coulomb?

Everything I saw suggests coulomb has no fundamental units. So then how is Newton/Coulomb equivalent to Volt/meter?
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Numerically solving 2D poisson equation by FFT, proper units

The 2D Poisson equation is: (1)$$\frac{d^2\varphi(x,y)}{dx^2}+\frac{d^2\varphi(x,y)}{dy^2}=-\frac{\varrho(x,y)}{\epsilon_0\epsilon}$$ And in $k$-space it is in form of: (2)$$(k_x^2+k_y^2) ...
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Easy unit conversion in Kerr metric

I would like to use Kerr metric in Boyer-Lindquist coordinates in geometrized units with mass of the black hole normalized to $M=1$. I am embarrassed to admit, but I can't seem to figure out how to ...
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How to express a mechanical force field in the units of electric fields?

Electrostatic fields have a unit $\frac{V}{m}$ (volts per meter) and the mechanical force fields (including gravitational field) have a unit $\frac{m}{s^2}$. If we exclude gravitational force from ...
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Coulomb force in SI and cgs

Coulomb force in SI is $ F = \frac{Q1*Q2}{4\pi\varepsilon R^{2}} $ while in CGS $ F = \frac{Q1*Q2}{R^{2}} $ why is it? I mean doesn't it any make difference in dimension? since $ \varepsilon $ ...
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Celsius to Fahrenheit confusion: why there is no 1 to x ratio?

Why is it not possible to know the ratio of 1°C to how many Fahrenheit and use that to convert from or to Celsius/Fahrenheit? What is really happening? Fahrenheit increases linearly and so does ...
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Clarification on factors of $c$ in the Lorentz' force

I was told that Lorentz' force is given by $${\bf F}= q{\bf v} \times {\bf B}.$$ But I have read that it is given by $${\bf F}= \frac{q}{c}{\bf v} \times {\bf B}.$$ Why have these two relations ...
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Constant $c$ in Lorentz force [duplicate]

I met some of examples of force in studying classical dynamics, and Lorentz force was represented as $$ \mathbf{F}=\frac{q}{c} \mathbf{\dot{r}} \times \mathbf{B} $$ I've searched for meaning of $c$, ...
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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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Why does the vacuum permeability have the value of $\pi$ in it?

The vacuum permeability, or the capability of the vacuum to permit magnetic field lines, contains the value of $\pi$. Why? What does this have to do with the ratio of a circle's circumference to its ...
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Lorenz Gauge Dipole Potentials Formulation In SI Units? [closed]

After hunting in vain* for a documented closed form solution (ie: no integrals or differentiation in the formula) for $\phi$ in terms of A under the Lorenz condition, of an electrically short dipole ...
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Pi switching from 3.14 to 180°

The task goes as following: Calculate the amount of charge $Q$ of a unevenly charged semicircular ring with radiuses $a$ and $b$ if $\eta=\eta_0\sin\phi, 0<\phi<\pi$. I started off by ...
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How do I use the kinetic energy formula using mass as lbs and velocity as mph?

I understand that the formula for kinetic energy is: $(1/2)mv^2$, which is equal to 1 Joule or 1 N-m. If I want $m$ to be my weight (say 150lbs) and $v$ to be 40mph how do I apply it to this formula? ...
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Difference between kilogram-force and kilogram

I know that a 1 kilogram-force is the force of 1 kilogram acted upon by 1 standard unit of gravity (9.80665 m/s^2). However, in torque descriptions I find that some use $kgf*cm$ while others use ...
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Units in gravitational N-body simulations

I use a code in Python to simulate a binary system interacting through gravity. You can find it here; The code works fine. I am however having problems with the units of length and velocity. I ...
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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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Does unit linear scale lead to linear scale of time?

I'm modeling movement of charged particles on computer using Coulomb's law and Newton's motion laws. As I try to simulate motion of small particles on small distances with small charges, I use my own ...
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cm^-1 and ns^-1 relationship

In my last Phys.SE question Emilio Pisanty mentioned this relationship $1 cm^{-1} = 10^n c^{-1} ns^{-1}$. I was wondering where this relationship came from. Does anybody know? Second of all, I am not ...
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Sommerfeld Parameter Confusion

In almost every reference site I can find, the Sommerfeld parameter $\eta$ is explicitly stated as $$\eta=\frac{Z_1Z_2e^2}{\hbar \nu}=\frac{Z_1Z_2e^2}{\hbar }\sqrt{\frac{\mu}{2E}}$$ Where $Z_1$ and ...
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A change of units in Bethe formula

I'm reading through the following paper: Monte Carlo simulation of non relativistic electron scattering by W. Williamson and G. C. Duncan. In the following paragraph, I want to know how to arrive at ...
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System of Units where Coulomb's constant $k_e = 1$?

I am reading (and trying to replicate the results of) a paper in the field of condensed matter physics. The system consists of a spatially separated electron and hole whose Coulomb interaction is the ...
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Why does physical quantity misinterpretation result in near-identical torque results?

I am going to use an equation $$\text{torque} = \frac{\text{power}\times 5252}{\text{RPM}}$$ derived on Wikipedia. Suppose that $\text{power} = 100\ \mathrm{hp}$ and $\text{RPM} = 5252\ \mathrm{rpm}$ ...
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How the standard units for length force and time are defined in US Customary Units as standard units are defined in SI?

I'm much confused about US customary units so I want to ask a lot more questions under single question.First how standard units ,in US customary Units,of force time and length are defined as second or ...
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How do I convert pressure and flow from Imperial to metric units?

I'm not a physicist or have much experience in engineering. However, for a programming task, I need to change code that calculates "pressure, head, feet of fluid, gauge" into "meters of head, ...
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Units in Plasma Physics

What are the units people use in plasma physics? I am having hard time converting an equation from an old paper to SI units. I saw temperature being defined in $eV$. I assume this is $eV/k_B$ with ...
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conversion of units

I have a quantity that I need to convert to different units. First, I need to note that the value is in the natural units system. The quantity is in cm^-1 (or, to be accurate, $cm^{-1}\hbar c /k$, ...
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What unit system puts a bunch of powers of ten in Maxwell's equations?

In what unit system can we get the Maxwell equation in the following form (section 1.2 from Lewin's book Advanced Theory of Waveguide) $$\nabla\times \vec E = -10^8\mu \frac{\partial \vec H} ...
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Displacement based on acceleration in km/h$^2$

For calculation of displacement based on acceleration and time, I have the formula below: $$ x = v_0t + \tfrac{1}{2}at^2 .$$ If I get $a$ in km/h$^2$, and $x$ in km and $v_0$ in km/h and I suppose ...
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If Coulomb and Esu have different dimensions, why can we convert simply by 1C= 3*10e9 esu?

I was always told in school we cannot convert an apple into a potato, so we have to have the same dimensions on both sides. When converting coulomb to esu, we do not seem to bother with dimensions. ...
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CGS Units for Magnetism

Why does the formula for magnetic field force include the speed of light in the denominator in cgs units? Where does the extra $c$ go in SI units?
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Converting Langley to Watts

I'm reading a really old paper which looks at estimating the surface energy fluxes for The Great Lakes. They show all of their values as Langleys per day. Can this be converted to Watts per meter ...
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What is $c$ in the Lorentz force expression?

The usual Lorentz force expression I am familiar with is this: $$\vec F=q(\vec E+\vec v \times \vec B)$$ I have seen some other versions lately that include an extra factor $1/c$: $$\vec ...
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Speed to power conversion

Here it is stated that there is a cubic relationship between fan speed and power consumption (Pfan ∝ FanSpeed^3). I have the fan speed (m/s), but I need to convert it into power (W). How can I compute ...
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How to derive velocity pressure in English units?

I know that velocity pressure can be calculated from dynamic pressure according to the potential energy of pressure (from Bernoulli's equation): $$ P = \frac{1}{2} \rho \overline{V}^2 $$ where P = ...
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How is formula for converting pressure from mmHg to Pa derived?

Today my younger brother asked me from where does the 1 Pa = 0.00750061683 mmHg formula for mercury barometer come. He needs a way to derive it, or an academic source which can be cited. After ...
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Recalculating lux from EV

I have to calculate amount of light from IR emmiter. The only equipement, that I can use is Sekonic Light Meter like this one: http://www.ebay.com/bhp/sekonic-l-358 The problem is that i need to have ...
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Calculating charge density

When calculating uniform charge density, I yielded a solution with units: $$VC^2 / Nm^2$$ The answer is telling me that this is equivalent to: $$C/m^2$$ where: $$m : meter$$ $$C : Coulomb$$ $$V : ...
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I need some help trying to convert the specific fuel consumption from imperial to metric units

Ok the imperial unit for the specific fuel consumption for a jet aircraft is shown below. Its the amount of fuel (in lbs) per hour required to produce 1 pound of thrust. $$\frac{\frac{lbs}{h}}{lbs}$$ ...
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Unit consistency

Does $^\circ\mathrm{C}^2$ have any physical consistency? I know that $\mathrm{K}^2$ is a valid unit even though I don't know in which context it can be used. But I feel strange about ...
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Converting $F^2$ to $C^2$

I'm trying to convert Fahrenheit squared $F^2$ into Celsius squared $C^2$. I know how to convert a value $x$ in $F$ into $C$ with: $\frac{5}{9}(x - 32)$ I also know how to convert a value $x$ in ...
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100°C = 100 K =?

I'm in first year. Our class is in lesson " Heat and Thermodynamics". While solving a numerical problem of a reversible engine he told us that 100 degree Celsius is equal to 100 kelvin. I inquired but ...
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Checking units for equation with degree symbol

Using the following equation: $$ U = \left(\frac{B \times L \times \sin(\theta)}{C}\right)^{1/3} $$ I can calcukate the velocity of a flow traveling down a slope. I would like to check that the ...
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Approximation to the number of seconds in a year?

Is there any mathematical formula which shows that there are approximately $\pi \times 10^7$ seconds in one year. I understand that the pi is probably due to the earth's circular orbit, but am not ...
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If a propane torch is rated at 200,000 BTUs, what does this translate to in terms of joules/second?

If a propane torch is rated at 200,000 BTUs, what does this translate to in terms of joules/second? Not exactly a physics question per say, but it falls in the realm. How do I convert/understand ...
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Where does the joules come from (ideal gas constant)?

I have not done any physics in ages and have recently started studying it. The first chapter in my book deals with the ideal gas constant: $$pV=nRT$$ It is rewritten as: $$R=\frac{pV}{nT}$$ When I ...
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Pressure equation working to get units kg m/s$^2$, but stuck?

Why does $kg/m^3 \cdot m/s^2 \cdot m$ become $kg\,m/s^2$ (i.e. one newton) When I do the working, I get $kg/(s^2 m)$ (i.e. metres is on the bottom rather than the top) My working is: \begin{align} ...
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What does 1714 mean in hydraulics?

After reading this answer: http://www.answers.com/Q/What_does_1714_mean_in_hydraulics, I still do not have a good idea of what 1714 represents. In fact, in the equasions I was working with I saw a ...
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Why is the first term of First Law of Black-Hole Thermodynamics in other unit than in joule? [closed]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_hole_thermodynamics#The_First_Law http://www.physics.umd.edu/grt/taj/776b/lectures.pdf (p.13) The 2 sources have various forms of the same law. I found both are ...
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Deriving Maxwell's Equations from Electromagnetic Tensor

Given $ F_{\mu\nu} = \partial_{\mu}A_{\nu} - \partial_{\nu}A_{\mu} $ It is obvious that the diagonals are zero, as $ F_{ii} =\partial_{i}A_{i} - \partial_{i}A_{i} = 0 $ And, ...