Units are standards of measurement used for different types of quantities.

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Why isn't temperature measured in Joules?

If we set the Boltzmann constant to $1$, then entropy would just be $\ln \Omega$, temperature would be measured in $\text{joules}$ ($\,\text{J}\,$), and average kinetic energy would be an integer ...
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Why there is no “Edison” unit in physics? [closed]

In the popular culture the XIX-XX century competition between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla is well-known. The example could be the Prestige movie, where there are some "Edison's agents" who sabotage ...
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Is there a symbol for “unitless”?

I'm making a table where columns are labelled with the property and the units it's measured in: Length (m) |||| Force (N) |||| Safety Factor (unitless) ||| etc... I'd like not to write "unitless" ...
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Curious relation between the dependance in ℏ of Planck units and units dimensions

Looking at Planck units, there seems to be a curious rule between the dependance in $\hbar$ of a Planck unit and the unit dimensions of the corresponding physical quantity. Let the dimensions of the ...
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Units and Dimensions - Use of proportionality constant

In units and dimensions we learn about Establishing a Formula : (example) : to establish a relationship between T (Time Period) , m (Mass) , l (length of the string) and g(acc. due to gravity) - ...
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cgs Gauss' system of units

I had never seen this system until today, and I'm really confused. I've read the wikipedia article about it but I still don't know how to change between this and the international system. For example, ...
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Which units has the relation $E=mc^2$? [closed]

Fast everyone knows the relation $E = mc^2$ but I still ask me, which units the relation has. $c$ is the velocity of light. It means, a constant, isn't it? We therefore just have the relation $E = ...
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Difference between nautical and terrestrial miles

Does someone know the historical reason behind the difference in physical units between nautical and terrestrial miles?
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Temperature in CGS (Gaussian) units

I've been struggling with conversion from Gaussian to SI units for sometime, trying to figure out how derived units in CGS (current, charge etc) relate to the SI units. But I couldn't find any ...
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How to check units?

I've got: $Q=\frac{Er^2}{k}$ how to check the units? I start with $\left[\frac{\text V}{\text m} \, \text m^2\right]$, tried replacing $[ \text V ]$ with $\left[ \frac{\text J}{\text C} \right]$, but ...
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If we are using [eV] as a unit for energy, what, then, should the unit for mass and distance be?

This seems obvious but it is confusing since I know that in MKS (i.e. SI) system, we use Joule with Meter with KG. But if we're using electron volt (1.6e-19 J) for energy, should we change the mass ...
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Buoyancy fluxes in a stratififed fluid and units

I am calculating the buoyancy flux ($B$) for a stratified fluid as follows: $$ B=\frac{g\alpha S}{C_{pw}\rho_0} $$ where $g = 9.81$ $m/s$; $\alpha = 1.6 t\times10^{-5} + 9.6\times10^{-6} \times (20 ...
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Newton's Law of Graviation: Why $G$ and not e.g. $\dfrac{1}{4\pi G_0}$?

I've been wondering, in Coulomb's Law, $k_e = \dfrac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0}$. Therefore, why do we use $G$ in Newton's Law of Gravitation? What if the constant is more like Coulomb's Law, e.g. $G = ...
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What is the significance of Planck force?

I have been curious to find what could be the significance of Planck force? It is calculated by the formula $c^4/G$, where $c$ is the speed of light; $G$ is the gravitational constant. Thus (the speed ...
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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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Correct expression for D'Alembert operator in $c=1$ units

In QFT texts with $c=1$ units (most of them), D'Alembert operator is written as: $$\Box ={\partial^2 \over \partial t^2} - \nabla^2$$ For pedagogical purposes, however, some texts don't set $c=1$, ...
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Factors of $c$ in the Hamiltonian for a charged particle in electromagnetic field

I've been looking for the Hamiltonian of a charged particle in an electromagnetic field, and I've found two slightly different expressions, which are as follows: $$H=\frac{1}{2m}(\vec{p}-q \vec{A})^2 ...
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What exactly are we doing when we set $c=1$?

I understand the idea of swapping from unit systems, say from ms$^{-1}$ to kms$^{-1}$, but why can we just delete the units altogether? My question is: what exactly are we doing when we say that ...
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Showing that position times momentum and energy times time have the same dimensions

I've been asked to show that both the position-momentum uncertainty principle and the energy-time uncertainty principle have the same units. I've never see a question of this type, so am I allowed to ...
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CGS Units to SI Units

This may be a stupid question but I am having trouble getting the same result in CGS units as I would if I used SI units for a unitless calculation. I have to calculate $E_c=\frac{m_e c\, ...
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Why is the candela dimension J, not W?

According to the table at the bottom of the Wikipedia page for the candela, the dimension for candelas is J (joules). Why is this not W (watts)? The luminous intensity for light of a particular ...
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$E^2 = (mc^2)^2 + (pc)^2$: What units are used to measure $E$, $m$, $c$ and $p$?

\begin{equation} E^2 = (mc^2)^2 + (pc)^2 \end{equation} If I am using this equation to figure out the energy of something, what units would I use? Would it be the metric system? I.e. kilograms ...
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Special relativity, spacetime, velocity and units

We all know that space and time are the fundamental units, means no mathematical expression can express their relation to other variable fundamentally. But as we know that moving rod has a contracted ...
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What really is Planck's constant and what are its origins?

In the physics texts I have read and other info online, they says Planck's constant is the quantum of action or that it is a constant of the ratio of the energy of a particle to its frequency. Im ...
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Confused about unit of kilowatt hours

So I am a little confused on how to deal with the Kilowatt hours unit of power, I have only ever used Kilowatts and I have to design a residential fuel cell used as a backup generator for one day. ...
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I'm having trouble understanding the dimensions of this falling body problem

I'm working with this: A 50 kg mass is shot from a cannon straight up with an initial velocity of 10m/s off a bridge that is 100 meters above the ground. If air resistance is given by 5v ...
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Is $kg_f$ the same everywhere in the universe?

A textbook question says that a vehicle weighs $25kg_f$ on Earth, and asks us to consider certain issues related to its behaviour on the moon. My question is, does the unit kilogram-force $kg_f$ ...
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What is the length of 1 second in meters

If time is treated as a fourth dimension of spacetime, what is relation between length and time units? Or in other words, how can I convert time units to length units, for instance seconds to meters? ...
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Einstein tensor in Friedmann equations : where is the missing $c^2$?

I would like to demonstrate the several forms of the Friedmann equations WITH the $c^2$ factors. Everything is fine ... apart that I have a missing $c^2$ factor somewhere. In all the following $\rho$ ...
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What is the physical interpretation of force times area?

I know that $\text{Force} \times \text{Distance = Work}$. But, what would be the physical meaning of $\text Force \times \text Area?$ Is such a quantity used in physics?
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Units in cgs system

How do I find the dimensions of this quantity (in $cgs$)... $$\frac{4\pi me^2}{h^2n_o^{1/3}}$$ where $m$ is the mass of electron $e$ is the magnitude of electronic charge $h$ ...
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What is the difference between “in-plane shear modulus” and “shear modulus”

In the wiki it is article only about shear modulus and it is written that it's unit is Pascal. At the same time in all researches about Red Blood Cells shear stresses, authors write "in-plane shear ...
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Why is torque not measured in Joules?

Recently, I was doing my homework and I found out that Torque can be calculated using $\tau = rF$. This means the units of torque are Newton meters. Energy is also measured in Newton meters which are ...
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273 + degree Celsius = Kelvin. Why 273?

Temperature conversion: 273 + degree Celsius = Kelvin Actually why is that 273? How does one come up with this? My teacher mentioned Gann's law (not sure if this is the one) but I couldn't find ...
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The “official” mass of the sun as unit?

I'm searching for the "official" mass of the sun as a unit in astrophysics. The mass of the sun can be calculated by: $M_{\odot}=\frac{4\pi^2\times(1 \ \text{ua})^3}{G\times(1\ \text{year})^2}$ So ...
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Planck time, distance, mass? Why do we take those values?

Say we want to make an educated guess for critical values of time, distance and mass, where quantum gravity effects are supposed to be non-negligible. These values are given the prefix "Planck-". Now, ...
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Force and Natural Units

Today in my Physics lecture I suddenly thought of something. We all know that gravitational force is proportional to the two masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between ...
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Dimension analysis of de Broglie equations

One form of one of the de Broglie's equations is this: $\lambda = \frac{2\pi\hbar}{p}$ Units: $\lambda = [m]$ $\hbar = [Js]$ $p = [\frac{kg m}{s}]$ $J=[Nm]$ How can one show with dimension ...
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Unit of torque with radians?

Usually, the angular frequency $\omega$ is given in $\mathrm{1/s}$. I find it more consistent to give it in $\mathrm{rad/s}$. For the angular momentum $L$ is then given in $\mathrm{rad \cdot kg \cdot ...
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Official definition of astronomical units

As it is relatively easy to find an official value for a large number of physical constants, (thanks to CODATA), it is not so easy for some units widely used in astronomy (Wikipedia, Google and IAU ...
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What is the missing proportionality constant in the magnetic levitation formula?

The formula for magnetic levitation is $$ B \frac{dB}{dz} = \frac{ \rho g }{\chi} $$ but as always, I have a hard time figuring the units in SI. The left hand side is $\mathrm{T^2 /m}$, while $\chi$ ...
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Help on unit conversion problem

This is a problem from school. I will show my attempt. The question: "The gas constant for dry air R is 287 $\frac{m^2}{s^2*K}$. Assuming the temperature is 330 K and the pressure is 1050 hPa, what ...
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How could the unit of a constant be unit of tension $N^{-1}$?

From my pervious Question:What are the units of the quantities in the Einstein field equation? i noticed that the unit of this constant $\frac {G}{c^4}$ is the unit of tenstion $$\frac ...
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What are the units of the quantities in the Einstein field equation?

The Einstein field equations (EFE) may be written in the form: $$R_{\mu\nu}-\frac {1}{2}g_{\mu\nu}R+g_{\mu\nu}\Lambda=\frac {8\pi G}{c^4}T_{\mu\nu}$$ where the units of the gravitational constant $G$ ...
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What is the particle residence time for given flow rates of gas mixture components?

For two different chemical substances there are two open valves with flow rates $$Q_1=a\frac{m^3}{h}\ \text{ and }\ \ Q_2=b\frac{m^3}{h},$$ leading into seperate cables. Next, the cables join, the ...
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Is dimensional analysis used outside fluid mechanics and transport phenomena?

Most dimensionless numbers (at least the ones easily found) used for dimensional analysis are about fluid dynamics, or transport phenomena, convection and heat transfer - arguably also sort of fluid ...
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What are the units or dimensions of the Dirac delta function?

In three dimensions, the Dirac delta function $\delta^3 (\textbf{r}) = \delta(x) \delta(y) \delta(z)$ is defined by the volume integral: $$\int_{\text{all space}} \delta^3 (\textbf{r}) \, dV = ...
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How do Temperature Scales work?

How exactly do temperature scales work? If my understanding is correct, the Celsius scale has two fixed points: (definitions of temperature irrespective of scale) 1. The freezing point of pure water ...
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Why are radians more natural than any other angle unit?

I'm convinced that radians are, at the very least, the most convenient unit for angles in mathematics and physics. In addition to this I suspect that they are the most fundamentally natural unit for ...
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Magnitude refers to number or number with units?

This question is about terminology for physical quantities. When we talk about magnitude (while talking about scalars and vectors) do we refer to just number or Number along with units? example: If ...