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Dimensional Analysis
And before you ask, you copy everything!

What is it?

Problem solving technique which uses fact that any number of


expression can be multiplied by one without changing its value
Based on utilizing unit factors, which are two terms that describe
equivalent amounts of what we are interested in

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Lets do an example

1 inch = 2.54 centimeters

1 2.54
We can make
2 unit factors 2.54 1
from this

Knowing that, lets solve!

1. How many centimeters are in 6.00 inches?

6.00 2.54
= 15.24
1 1

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Knowing that, lets solve!

2. Express 24.0 cm in inches.

24.0 1 24.0
= = 9.45
1 2.54 2.54

Lets make it more complicated!

3. How many seconds are in 2.5 years? (2 dec)

2.5 365 24 60 60
= 78,840,000 = 7.9 107
1 1 1 1 1

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Lets make it more complicated!

4. What is the density of mercury (13.6 g/cm3) in kg/m3 (3 dec)

13.6 1 1 000 000 3 13 600 000 13 600


= = = 1.36 104 3
1 3 1000 1 3 1000 3 3

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