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# Questions tagged [si-units]

A set of internationally accepted units to aid in communication of measurements.

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### How is the constant of the Biot-Savart Law derived?

In my A-level textbook there is no explanation regarding how the constant in the Biot-Savart law is derived! So how is the constant, $k =\frac {\mu_0}{4\pi}$ derived, and what's the intuition behind ...
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### Work as force * distance — what about mass? [closed]

So, in defining work as force * distance, how is mass applied? Is it just that it's $1kg$ multiplied in normally, but that's typically ignored / not shown? ..so: $2kg \cdot 1n \cdot 1m$ = $2J$ .....
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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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### SI Base Unit definition of mass - obsolete?

According to the formal definition of the SI Base unit of mass, the kilogram, it is stated that "The kilogram is the unit of mass; it is equal to the mass of the international prototype of the ...
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### What is the difference between kilo-watt and kilo-volt-ampere? [closed]

What is Kilo-Volt_Ampere used for? What is kW used for?
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### Will Project Avogadro introduce a new constant? [closed]

Will the Avogadro Project introduce a new constant? It seems to me that the aim of the project is to define the kilogramme as some constant number of silicon atoms. What would this constant be ...
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### Do we have a better approximation of $c$ than 299792458 m/s? [duplicate]

All sites give this value as "exact" value. I mean, what's after the comma? 299792458,000 m/s?
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### Is there an official list of independent units of measurements?

When I say 'independent units', I mean those which cannot be broken down anymore, and simultaneously forms the basis for any more, complex measurements. For example, height, length, and width can all ...
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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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### Is there any truth to interpreting definition of a second as corresponding to oscillations?

As far as I understand the definition of a second, the Cs-133 atom has two hyperfine ground states (which I don't really understand what they are but it's not really important), with a specific energy ...
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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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### 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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### Classification of plane angle as fundamental or derived

I recently started with my high school studies and the chapter I am stuck at is units and measurements. I was told about two types of physical quantities and my teacher gave me the following ...
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### What is the difference between emu and esu?

My textbook contains the following two statements: In the CGS system the unit of charge is electrostatic unit of charge (E.S.U). It is also called Stat Coulomb (StatC). In the CGS system, the ...
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### How do cesium atomic clocks measure time?

I am trying to understand cesium atomic clocks better. I am not getting HOW the cesium oscillation is actually being counted. So from my understanding of an older atomic clock: Cesium gets heated....
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### The definition of the unit of Force

Below, I quote what my physics textbook says. $$F=kma$$ The units of force are so chosen that this constant of proportionality, $k=1$.Therefore $F=ma$. For this, one unit of force is defined as ...
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### What is difference between 9.8 N (Kgwt) and 9.8 m/s^2 (g)?

What is difference between 9.8 N (Kgwt) and 9.8 m/s^2 (g)? What is difference between kg weight and gravity? I am not so good in physics so please explain in a lot of detail (but sorry for this silly ...
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### What are the units for tenths-of-a-millimeter?

I'm seeing all kinds of mixed representations for what is a SI unit that doesn't seem to be easily representable with the Latin prefixes. Generally I stick one of the nominal ones and scale my plots ...
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### Is “power to mass ratio” in fact independent to mass?

I was trying to find power to mass ratio of sun (work done per second at each unit mass at average), but I found the unit is quite straight: $W=kg \space m^2 s^{-3}$ Then $W/kg= m^2 s^{-3}$ Which ...
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### Does the imperial system have any advantages (besides its wide acceptance in the US)? [closed]

The United States (and one other country, somewhere in Africa I think) uses the imperial system (feet, pounds, etc.), while pretty much everyone else uses the metric system (meters, kilograms). The ...
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### Why is a second equal to the duration of exactly 9,192,631,770 periods of radiations?

Why is a second equal to the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of radiation corresponding to the transition between two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium-133 atom? Why is the number ...
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### Solid Body Rotation: ω in radians/second or rotations/second?

I am just wondering if I use the solid body rotation equation rotational energy = 1/2mr^2ω^2 and I solve for ω, and then plug in numbers, does the ω come out in radians/second, in rotations/second, ...
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### What is the reason we originally and still use the non-SI unit, the Jansky?

The Jansky is the unit for spectral flux density. It is defined as $$1 {\rm \ Jy} = 10^{-26} {\rm W \ m^{-2} \ Hz^{-1}}$$ in terms of Watts per square meter per Hertz. I've never quite understood ...
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### Mass-energy-equivalence's effect on SI units?

Maybe I'm misunderstanding mass energy equivalence, but can we use it to get rid of the Joule (or the kilogram) and have a single unit for both? It seems weird that if they're equivalent they'd have ...
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### Why is the candela a base unit of the SI?

The candela is defined as The candela is the luminous intensity, in a given direction, of a source that emits monochromatic radiation of frequency $540\cdot10^{12}$ hertz and that has a radiant ...
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### Is the second defined arbitrarily? [duplicate]

According to the definition a second is defined as the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of ...