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

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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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What is the relationship between the magnetic units oersted and tesla?

How are the units oersted and tesla related? For example, how would you express $20\:\mathrm{Oe}$ in tesla?
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What is the difference between emu and esu?

Ok...so this is the statement given in my book: a) In C.G.S System the unit of charge is electrostatic unit of charge (E.S.U). It is also called Stat Coulomb (StatC). b) In C.G.S system, the unit ...
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Why do universal constants have the values they do?

This is meant to be a generic question of the type that we get repeatedly on this site, in different versions: The origin of the value of speed of light The gravitational constant G theoretically? ...
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Are units of angle really dimensionless?

I know mathematically the answer to this question is yes, and it's very obvious to see that the dimensions of a ratio cancel out, leaving behind a mathematically dimensionless quantity. However, I've ...
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Experimentally finding units of physical quantity?

Say you had a new physical quantity you wanted to determine the units for. How do you go about this? For the strength of an electromagnet for example, you could carry out a simple experiment like the ...
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Is it mathematically wrong to use units instead of words/parameters/names in equations?

In equations that have quantities with physical dimension. Example: $\mathrm{Force} = (\mathrm{mass})(\mathrm{acceleration})$ or $F=ma$ I know that we use that (mass, force...) to help what we ...
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Why isn't it $E \approx 27.642 \times mc^2$?

Sorry for the strange question, but why is it that many of the most important physical equations don't have ugly numbers (i.e., "arbitrary" irrational factors) to line up both sides? Why can so many ...
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Why do we not use the SI system for distance in space?

One of the closest stars to Sol is Alpha Centauri at 4.367 Ly according to wikipedia. Why do we not say that it is 41.343 Peta-meters rather? (4.367 Ly = 41.343 Pm) Why does Light-years or Parsecs ...
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Units for stiffness term of radial bearing

I've come across a 4x4 stiffness matrix for a radial bearing with rotational stiffness. The stiffness matrix would look like ...
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What is W.u. as a unit in a nuclear physics context?

In a recent paper (doi/arXiv), of note for causing this recent tussle over its handling by science news media, there's some strange units I can't quite puzzle out. Specifically, the abstract contains ...
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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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Defining Thermodynamic beta in unit of second

If I define Thermodynamic beta in unit of second. Does this mean that: Boltzmann constant $k$ is unit-less? $T$ is in units of frequency (Hz) or Kelvin $K$? In this case, is defining Thermodynamic ...
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Is meters per second equivalent to seconds per meter?

I know this question is probably ridiculous, but bear with me for a moment. This thought emerged while I was converting between nm and wave numbers ($\rm cm^{-1}$). In order to prove this conversion, ...
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In the equation $F = kma$ , what's $k$? [duplicate]

Actually I want to know that what is $k$ & why it's SI unit is set to 1. Also if it's can be expressed in SI units , that means it can be converted into CGS etc. units .. So what's the value of $k$...
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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 extremely low temperatures (near absolute zero) are actually measured [closed]

How do the industrial or laboratory thermometers for this purpose work like: what effects are based on, what are other alternatives how accurate they all are
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Specific Heat of tissues vs kcal (Weird Thermodynamics question)

I'm a YouTuber who over-examines video game physics for the purposes of both education and entertainment, and I've run into a bit of a snag while researching my next video. I'm looking into heating ...
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Is this differential equation (for damped & driven physical pendulum) physically valid?

Following is the equation of motion for a physical pendulum which is damped and driven by a force of frequency $f$: $$\frac{d^2 \theta}{dt^2} + b \frac{d\theta}{dt} + sin(\theta) = Tsin(2\pi ft)$$ ...
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What are dimensions of co-ordinates which are used to define an electric field?

A possible electrostatic field is: $ E_x = 6xy$ $ E_y = 3x^2-3y^2$ $ E_z = 0$ Suppose we are using SI system. So unit for components of field is volts/meter. Then what are dimensions of $x$ and $...
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How to treat the units of measure when taking a derivative?

I've had a doubt for a long time: when I'm taking the derivative, of a function for example, how should I treat the units of measurement? For example, if I'm taking the derivative of: $$S\,[{\rm m}]=...
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Why does $k^z/E$ have dimensions of inverse velocity rather than velocity?

I'm studying quantum field theory and I want to prove the cross section. In Peskin's book, equation 4.77 says that: $$ \frac{1}{\left | \frac{k_{A}^{z}}{E_{A}}-\frac{k_{B}^{z}}{E_{B}}\right |}=\frac{...
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Are quantum operators dimensionless?

I'm slightly confused as to whether quantum (hermitian) operators, which we get by promoting observables to operators, are dimensionless or not? Clearly the Hamiltonian of the system, say of the ...
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Check dimensions of the integral of a function

I and a colleague are arguing about the dimensions of: $$\int_0^x f(x) dx $$ in this particular case $[f(x)]=m^2/s^3$ and $[x]=m$. Does it follow that $[\int_0^x f(x) dx]=m^2/s^3$ or $[\int_0^x f(x)...
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how sound quantity in a period of time is measured by? [closed]

Let's suppose that I'm singing for 10 minutes and I obviusly produce some sounds, and let's imagine that I hold an instrument for measuring the amount of sounds produced within that period of time. I'...
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Newton's Second Law of Motion

Newton originally wrote his second law as: "The rate of change of momentum of a body is directly proportional to the resultant force applied to the body, and is in the same direction as the force." ...
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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 $c^4/G = 1.21031359\times 10^{44} \, \mathrm{N}$, where $c$ is the speed of light and $G$ is ...
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What does J cm-1 stand?

For an optical component, I got following number as an optical damage threshold from the company, damage threshold = 10 Jcm-1,20ns, 20Hz It looks like 20ns is ...
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Where is the periodic nature in the Cs atomic clock? [closed]

In case of pendulum clock,lets say one swing ticks one second..but what is the analogy in case of CAESIUM atomic clock? Is 9,192,631,770 ticks is equivalent to one tick in pendulum clock? And how we ...
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Why is metre defined in terms of distance covered by light in 1 second? [duplicate]

Why is the unit of length defined with the help of unit of time? (1m=x covered by time in 1/3*10^8 s) Isn't length a fundamental unit too, why is it defined in terms of an other unit?
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What would be the standard for the unit of pressure Pa or MPa?

Me and my friend are doing a project and in our result we shall provide a plot, and on our axes we are going to write out the units. My friend wrote "xx MPa", claiming it was standard in reports to ...
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How can geometrized units have more than one constant equal to 1?

I can understand how you could manipulate units to make a certain constant equal to $1$, like $c$ or $G$, et cetera. But how can you make it so two constants (in this case $c$ and $G$) are equal to $1$...
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When can the constant of proportionality in an eq be set equal to 1 and when not? [duplicate]

In $F=kma$, $k=1$ but in $F=kx$, $k$ is not equal to 1?So what are the conditions for the constant of proportionality to be set 1?
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What is the dimensional formula of angular velocity?

I have problem to determine the dimensional formula of angular velocity. My friend said that the dimensional formula of angular velocity is $T^{-1}$. It's come from rad/s, rad is dimensionless, the ...
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Unit of gradient/slope?

So I have a graph: The value of the gradient/slope is $1.6±0.4$ and the value of the intercept is $0.9±0.4$. But what are the units of the graph? Is the unit of the gradient $v^2M^{-1}$? What about ...
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Differences in notation of momentum 4 vector

I have noticed three ways to write the 4 momentum vectors: $P = (E/c, \vec{p})$ $P = (E, \vec{p})$ $P = (E, c\vec{p})$ I know how to derive equation 1, and as far as I know, one can use the ...
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Photon Propagator in QFT

Please forgive my temporary split-brain, but I'm a little thrown off by something when considering units at the moment. In QED (depending on the guage), the photon propogator is written as $<0|\...
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In this energy conservation problem, why are the answers different with different units? [closed]

Really basic question, but basically I'm given a change in height in centimeters (that's how I measured it). From that, I'm supposed to find the initial kinetic energy. $KE_i = PE_f$ After doing ...
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Proper units for physical quantities when $\hbar$=$1$

How to deal with the units of quantities if $\hbar=\tfrac{h}{2\pi}=1$? For example, the energy $E=\hbar\omega$: If I have chosen $\hbar=1$, how do I use the units to properly differentiate between ...
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How do Calories (kcal) relate to watts?

In thinking about exercise and "burning calories" it occurred to me that there should be some fairly intuitive correlation between the biological energy conversion going on in a person's body with the ...
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Is there a software to convert units for quantities and equations? [closed]

For example, Often I end up with a complicated equation that uses non-standard units. In these equations, Temperature is in eV and Magnetic field is in Gauss. I need to convert my equation to another ...
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The Kelvin-Celsius problem

Let's suppose we have temperatures 30°C and 35°C. Converting them to Kelvin we have 303.15K and 308.15K. In the second case, the temperature difference is 5K. While in first case, temperature ...
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Why are significant figure rules in Multiplication/Division different than in Addition/Subtraction?

I've never understood specifically why this is. Here's what I mean. In Addition/Subtraction, what matters are the digits after the decimal point. So for example: 1.689 + 4.3 = ...
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Is there a 3D analogue of angle?

A one-dimensional angle is a wedge, almost like a slice of pizza. A two-dimensional angle is an angle squared, like the cone of light produced by a flashlight. This is called a solid angle. Is ...
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Fine structure constant and unit conversion [closed]

In a paper I'm reading, the author writes down the following formula: $$\Gamma=\dfrac{\alpha^2}{576\pi^3}\dfrac{\left(4+z\right)^2}{z}\dfrac{m^5}{m^2_\pi f_\pi^2}$$ $\Gamma$ is a function of $m$ (in ...
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What are the units pm/K?

I can only think of picometres, but it doesn't seem to make sense. Here is the context, from the paper 'Towards Reproducible Ring Resonator Based Temperature Sensors', Klimov et al., Sensors & ...
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Do all equations have identical units on the left- and right-hand sides?

Do all equations have $$\text{left hand side unit} = \text{right hand side unit}$$ for example, $$\text{velocity (m/s)} = \text{distance (m) / time (s)},$$ or is there an equation that has different ...
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Arguing on dimensions of logarithms and exponentials [duplicate]

Suppose you have some physical quantity $x$ of dimension $l$. We all know that the dimension of $x^2$, for example, will be $l^2$, and that of $\dfrac{1}{x}$ is $l^{-1}$. However, what will be the ...
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Difference between theoretical equations and empirical equations

Some equations are theoretical in the sense that they are derived from an underlying theory. Other equations are empirical in the sense that they were selected only because they fit experimental data ...
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how do we actually count the number of magnetic field lines and what does the gap between those lines describe?

on the internet,(http://nuclearpowertraining.tpub.com/h1011v1/css/h1011v1_53.htm), there is a statment which says that 1 Wb is $1\times 10^{8}$ magnetic field lines. My question is, How do we count ...