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Today’s Agenda on Units. Primary and Secondary Physical Quantities and Units Unit Conversion. Standard We Will Use. We will follow the International System of Units – also known as the SI standard

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• Primary and Secondary Physical Quantities and Units

• Unit Conversion

We will follow the International System of Units – also known as the SI standard

It includes: Distance measured in meters (m)Mass measured in kilograms (kg)Time measured in seconds (s)Charge measured in Coulombs (C)Temperature measured in degrees Kelvin (o K or K)

That means we’ll need to convert other measures to our standard

• 7 SI base units: those from which all others are derived

• meter (m) length

• kilogram (kg) weight

• second (s) time

• ampere (A) current

• kelvin (K) temperature

• candela (cd) luminosity

• mole (mol) molecular quantity

Quick in-class exercise:

• Identify physical examples, and electrical examples

• “SI derived unit”: derived from base units

• Unlimited number of derived units!

• Some examples:

• meter / second m/s velocity

• meter / second squared m/s2 acceleration

• newton (N) kg·m / s2 force

• pascal (Pa) N / m2 pressure

• joule (J) N·m energy

• volt (V) kg⋅m2⋅s−3⋅A−1 voltage

• watt (W) J / s power

• ohm (Ω) V / A resistance

• farad (F) C / V capacitance

• henry (H) V⋅s / A inductance

• hertz (Hz) 1 / s frequency

T tera 1012

G giga 109

M mega 106

k kilo 103

d deci 10-1

c centi 10-2

m milli 10-3

μ micro 10-6

n nano 10-9

p pico 10-12

• Example distance units:

• Example time units:

• Consider the Mars Climate Orbiter that was launched in 1998 (see handout).

• It turns out that someone at NASA forgot to convert English units (pounds) to metric units (Newtons) when calculating the necessary rocket thrust to put the craft in orbit around Mars

• Guess what happened?

a.) A tractor-trailer truck is traveling at 60 miles per hour eastbound on Interstate 195 towards the North Dartmouth exit. Determine the speed of the truck

i.) in feet per second

ii.) in meters per second

iii.) in kilometers per hour.

b.) What is the maximum legal speed in centimeters per hour in a 55 miles per hour posted speed zone?

• In the textbook,