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Metric - Imperial conversion issue [closed]

I hope this is the right website to put my question on. I'm used to work with metric measures but I need to put give imperial measure too. There are about 1000000 different websites that you can ...
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Units conversion - quanta/cm$^2$/s and photons/cm$^2$/s

Can you tell me if there is any difference between these 2 units? $\log \mathrm{quanta/cm^2/s}$ vs $\log \mathrm{photons/cm^2/s}$ Thanks
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Order of magnitude radiation measures conversion?

Standard unit of ionizing radiation dose is Sievert. I can get a rough idea of how dangerous absorbing various amounts is from https://xkcd.com/radiation/ and other sources. There are many other ...
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Unit conversion between dynes and newtons

I am learning Electricity and Magnetism by myself. Can someone explain me the math behind the equation below? (Quoted from Edward Purcell's Electricity and Magnetism (Cambridge University Press, ...
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How many calories of energy does it take to heat up 1 cubic inch of water 1 degree Fahrenheit? [closed]

In metric, one milliliter of water occupies one cubic centimeter, weighs one gram, and requires one calorie of energy to heat up by one degree centigrade--which is 1 percent of the difference between ...
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Why have a conversion factor of $10 \:\rm mA / 10 \: mV$ instead of $1\:\rm A/1\:V$?

I’m working with a device that measures current by measuring voltage and then giving current with a conversion factor of $10 \:\rm mA / 10 \:mV$. Why write this instead of $1\:\rm A/1\:V$?
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Is 1 liter always equal to 1 cubic decimeter, independently of temperature, pressure, etc?

I recently found this conversion table for the unit conversion $\rm mmol/m^3 \ \leftrightarrow\ \rm mmol/L$ (millimoles per cubic meter to millimoles per liter) My physics is very rusty, but just to ...
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How to convert MeV to velocity? [closed]

For example, in the fission process: $${}^{235}\mathrm{U} + n \rightarrow {}^{140}\mathrm{Xe} + {}^{94}\mathrm{Sr} + 2n$$ the masses in atomic mass units are: \begin{align} M\left({}^{235}\mathrm{...
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Grasping systems of units

Perhaps it's that I've grown up with the SI system of units, but there's something about other unit systems that doesn't sit well with me. For example, Coulomb's law in Gaussian units can be written ...
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Super confused over simple unit conversion from centimeters to cubic centimeters

I'm stuck in a really stupid question. It seems like the meaning of "centi" is chancing meaning. Because if: $ r = 5 cm = 5 \cdot 10^{-2} m $ so $c = 10^{-2}$ But say i need to take the cubic root ...
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Dimensions of mass in terms of Length and Time

From Maxwell's Treaties on Electricity and Magnetism: For acceleration due to attraction of a mass m at a distance r is by the Newtonian Law m/(r^2). Suppose this attraction to act fro a very small ...
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A question about natural/geometrized units

I had a question about the following document- Natural units I understand the conversion factors. But if you look at the tables, they take an SI unit, say 1 kg, convert it into geometrized units, say ...
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Why multiply by $\frac{\pi}{4}$ when converting a light source's angular diameter to its solid angle?

Why does the formula $$\Omega =( \text{angular diameter} * \frac{\pi}{180^{\circ}})^2 * \frac{\pi}{4}$$ give a more accurate calculation of the solid angle of a light source from its angular diameter ...
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Correct form of Lorentz force equation [duplicate]

When I was reading the first volume of the theoretical minimum by Leonard Susskind, I encountered upon this: But when I checked Griffiths and all my other electricity and magnetism books, it showed $...
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Can we set cosmological constant equal to one?

People often say that the cosmological constant is too small. $\Lambda=10^{-120}$ in Planck units. Can we set $\Lambda=\hbar=c=1$ ? If so what would this give for $G$, the gravitational constant in ...
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Is there a general algorithm for conversion of units?

I'm not exactly sure where the best place to put this, as it's more of a general question about dimensional analysis. I decided I was tired of having to convert units all of the time, and was not ...
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Conversion from Planck unit to SI [closed]

Good evening, I'm reading the paper Prehawking radiation by William G. Unruh where it says: ...a time scale of order of $m^{3}$ in Planck units, or $10^{53}$ ages of the current universe for a ...
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What are the units of time when planck's constant is equal to 1?

If I express a Hamiltonian $H$ in units of Hz by dividing the energy terms in the Hamiltonian by hbar $\tilde{H}=\dfrac{H}{\hbar}$ which means you set $\hbar =1$. Then what are the units of time? Also ...
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Issue in conversions from force to mass units

I have a problem converting force to mass units, in this example for 9.81kgf: To get the mass, dividing by gravity, I get 1kg ...
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Conversion between mass units

I am enrolled in a course related to physics, and converting between mass units is so tricky for me. I always treat in my work only in SI units and maybe MKS units, at level of weights, I find it easy....
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How do I convert $W/(mK)$, $W/m^2$ and $W/(m^2K)$ to the same “dimensionality” and unit?

How do I convert $W/(mK)$, $W/m^2$ and $W/(m^2K)$ to the same "dimensionality" and unit? $W/mk$ is thermal conductivity. $W/m^2$ is heat flow density related to one unit. $W/m^2k$ is heat transfer ...
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I'm confused about electric flux?

In a previous physics class, I learned that the electric flux was $\vec{E}\cdot\vec{A}$ (dot product), and hence the unit is $Nm^2/C$. But in my electromagnetics book, it says the unit is Coulomb, and ...
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Intuition about the congruence of readings of Celsius and Fahrenheit scales at -40°C [closed]

At -40°C temperature, the Fahrenheit scale also shows -40°F. But how is this ever possible? They are two different scales! What's the intuition behind this?
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Geometrized units in Wald

I am trying to follow a derivation in this paper from Wald Specifically, at the end of the paper, just under Eq. 4.7 there is given the equation $$ Q/m \leq 2 B_0 m$$ where $Q$ is the system ...
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How to convert cm$^{-1}$ to eV?

I know that $1 \:\mathrm{cm}^{-1} = 8065.54429 \:\mathrm{eV}$. I know that wave-number has unit $\:\mathrm{cm}^{-1}$ and that $E=hc\times \mathrm{wavenumber}$. But how do I arrive to the number $...
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Pressure unit computation (feet of mercury, but applies also to foot of water..) [closed]

Grr this question makes me crazy. Here you can see that ftHg = 13595.1 kg/m3 × 1 ft × ɡ0 = ≈ 4.063666×104 Pa. (= 40636.664 Pa) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conversion_of_units (Pressure or ...
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Magnetic $H$ field unit in cgs system

I'm studying an old E&M textbook which uses cgs unit system. I'm re-writing the formulas in SI unit. The book says $\vec{H}=\vec{B}-4\pi\vec{M}$. So I guessed that $H$ should have same unit as $...
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Need help in calculating the pull on string in kgs when moving weight on horizontal bar

need your help. I realized today, if you do not practice it becomes hard to understand simple concepts even you were once a science student :( I have attached a picture to help make the problem ...
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Converting part of a compound unit

I am working with several different datasets with different units. I want to convert the distances to mm for comparison. The units I'm dealing with are $\mathrm{kg/m^2/s}$, $\mathrm{mm/day}$, and $\...
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How to convert bars to meters head?

I am trying to convert 1 bar to meters to come up with a conversion factor. Thus, 1 bar = x meters head What is x? From my computations I got something like ...
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How can I convert spectral irradiance to spectral radiance [closed]

I have information on the spectral irradiance incoming from the sun at the top of the atmosphere in units of $\rm mW\ m^{-2}\ nm^{-1} $. The photons hit a hypothetical surface on the earth with 0.3 ...
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Finding the generated magnetic field of a Hall generator

I've been using a Hall generator to generate a particular magnetic field by applying a current. I need to work out what field this corresponds to in Tesla. All I have to go on is what's in the photo ...
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Why does $\frac{1}{4\pi}$ appear in many formulas? [duplicate]

Why do most of the physical equations have $\frac{1}{4\pi}$ as constants? I have seen that many equations have $\frac{1}{4\pi}$ as constants like Coulomb, pendulum problems, etc. Can anyone tell me ...
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Laser beam diameters: What are the units of 1/e^2?

I own an argon ion laser head with a beam diameter of '0.70' (using $1/e^2$ width). What is the unit on the 0.70? And can it be converted to something more intuitive, such as meters?
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Converting units of $G$ [closed]

I want to convert $G$ from $\rm m^3 \:kg^{-1} \:s^{-2}$ to the units $\rm km^3 \: kg^{-1} min^{-2}$. How can this be done? I want to know what $6.67\times 10^{-11} \:\rm m^3 \:kg^{-1} \:s^{-2}$ is ...
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Dimension scaling of a model hamiltonian system?

I have a model 2dof double well potential Hamiltonian given as $$H = P1*P1/2 + P2*P2/2 + V(Q1,Q2) ,$$ where $$V(Q1,Q2) = -2*Q1^2 + Q1^4 - Q2^2 +Q2^4 +0.4*Q1*Q1*Q2*Q2 ,$$ there is no units are ...
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Thermal Conductivity Conversion

I need to convert a thermal conduction unit W/m.K to Btu/ft.h.°F. I have 400 W/m.K and I ...
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Are Heaviside-Lorentz unit and Gaussian unit natural units?

I am studying electromagnetism and have encountered the Heaviside-Lorentz unit and Gaussian unit. In these unit systems, the constant $c$ keeps occurring. For example, the Maxwell equations are of ...
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How to convert from an arbitrary set of units to the desired set?

I'm having trouble solving this Physics question with "made up" units. Here is the problem and my work so far. The Omicronians have told you that they use the units: $$\\{OP=7.29\frac{flurg}{grom^2}}...
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How I transfer (ohm*cm)^(-1) units for conductivity into Gaussian units (s^(-1))?

I have tables for conductivity of various material in (ohm*cm)^(-1) units. How I transfer those data into Gaussian units (s^(-1))? Just a coefficient will do....
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Why aren't Faraday's law of induction and Maxwell-Ampere's law symmetric? [duplicate]

I don't see Faraday's law of induction and Maxwell-Ampere's law are totally symmetric in the sense that Maxwell-Ampere's law has a factor of $ϵ_0μ_0$: \begin{align} \nabla\times\mathbf E&=-\frac{\...
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Really weird question about unit analysis

Hi guys this is quite an interesting question I have because there appears to be two correct answers. There is an equation described by: $$ Pt = mC_\mathrm{mass}T+m_\mathrm{water}C_\mathrm{water}T+...
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Converting volume to dimensions

Not sure if this is better posted in mathematics, but I'd like to know the formula used to convert cubic meters to dimensions (eg: 1m height x 1m width x 1m length). I understand that you can turn ...
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$k_e$ (constant of Coulomb force) is sometimes seen in calculations for atomic radii and sometimes not

One of our formula for radius of atom was $\frac{n^2h^2}{4\pi^2me^2}$. And another one was, $\frac{n^2h^2}{4\pi^2me^2K}$. For hydrogen, Why $k_e$ is sometimes included and sometimes excluded ?
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Finding a substitution of $\mu_0$ to convert from SI to c.g.s in EM laws [closed]

In c.g.s, we set $$k=\frac 1{4\pi\epsilon_0}=1$$ which gives $$\epsilon_0=\frac 1{4\pi}$$ This conversion works, for example, in Gauss' law: in SI $$\vec{\nabla}\cdot\vec{E}=\frac\rho{\epsilon_0}$...
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Why is 1 newton meter=.225 lbs force?

This is a general question regarding force (mass x acceleration). I understand 1N =1kg mass x 1 m per second sq) all this basically tells me is that the force is proportionally increased and ...
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Converting lux to watts with known wavelength

I was wondering if there was a possible way to convert lux to watts accurately if the wavelength is known. I know that for the sun there is an approximate conversion of 0.0079W/m$^2$ per Lux using ...
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Electromagnetic Dirac equation in CGS units

The Hamiltonian of the Dirac equation in with an electromagnetic field in SI units is $$H=\gamma^0\left[ mc^2+c\gamma^k\left( p_k-\frac{q}{c}A_k \right) \right]+qA^0$$ (from https://en.wikipedia.org/...
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Velocity squared in natural units

I encountered a mental block in my understanding of natural units. According to natural units, $c = 1$, which would imply that if we wanted to convert velocity from SI units ($m/s$) to natural units (...
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Why are ft-lbs used to describe muzzle energy? And how do you work with it?

Whether it's kicks, punches, or bullets, people use ft-lbs or joules to describe kinetic energy. But how is this useful? Why use torque to describe linear motion such as a bullet? And how does one ...