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Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 1 Units of Measurement Dr. David G. Simpson Science Data Processing Branch / Geospace Physics Laboratory Code 587 / 673 February 12, 2013

Introduction Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 2 Units of measure are a fundamental part of science: they connect the physical world to the mathematical world.

A Question Which is bigger: a quart of milk or a quart of strawberries? Feb. 12, 2013 3 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/

A Question Which is bigger: a quart of milk or a quart of strawberries? Ans. A quart of strawberries. Units can be tricky! Feb. 12, 2013 4 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/

Systems of Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 5 MKS Units (meter-kilogram-second) –SI CGS Units (centimeter-gram-second) –Electrostatic –Electromagnetic –Gaussian –Heaviside-Lorentz Other Units –English units –Atomic –Astronomical –Etc.

SI Base Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 6 metermlength kilogramkgmass secondstime ampereAelectric current kelvinKtemperature molemolamount of substance candelacdluminous intensity SI is the only system based on the meter, kilogram, and second (MKS system). Since the ampere is the base electrical unit, this is also sometimes called an MKSA system.

Meter Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 7 Originally defined to be 1/10,000,000 the distance between the North Pole and the equator, along a line passing through Paris. Meter bar Krypton-86 wavelengths (1960) Speed of light (1983)

Kilogram Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 8 Originally defined as the mass of 1 liter of water at 0 ° C (later 4 ° C) Now defined by an artifact: the International Prototype Kilogram (IPK) in Paris US standard is K20, with a second standard K4 used as a consistency check. The only SI base unit with a prefix (for historical reasons) The K4 US standard kilogram.

Second Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 9 Originally defined as 1/86,400 mean solar day. However, the Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing at an irregular rate due to tidal friction. The current atomic second is kept by cesium clocks For historical reasons, the current SI second corresponds to the length of the day in 1820. This means that the second is, in a sense, now “too short” to correspond to rotation of the Earth at its current (slower) rate. As a result, we add “leap seconds” to compensate and keep atomic clocks in step with the Earth’s rotation. These are added at irregular intervals (roughly every 18 months, on average). Leap seconds may be abolished in the future – still under discussion www.time.gov for official US time. See Mini-Course #55 for more on time scales

Mole Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 10 A mole is just 6.02214129 × 10 23 of something Just as 12 = “dozen” and 20 = “score”, similarly 602,214,129,000,000,000,000,000 = “mole” Mole = Avogadro’s number = reciprocal of atomic mass unit (amu), in grams Usually used to count atoms or molecules; useful for converting mass to number of atoms or molecules 1 mole of atoms/molecules has a mass (in grams) equal to its atomic/molecular weight 1 mole is defined as the number of carbon atoms in 12.0 grams of carbon-12. moles = grams/(atomic or molecular weight) The SI unit mole is equivalent to the gram-mole. Several other moles exist: the kilogram-mole, pound-mole, and ounce-mole. There is about ½ mole of stars in the visible Universe

Kelvin Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 11 The SI unit for temperature. Kelvin is an absolute scale: 0 K = absolute zero. The temperature interval (the “size” of a degree) is the same in both the Celsius and kelvin scales.

Ampere Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 12 The ampere is the base electromagnetic unit. Defined as the current necessary in two parallel wires separated by 1 meter to have e force per unit length of 2×10 -7 N/m

Candela Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 13 Essentially the same as the older unit “candlepower” – at one time was defined as the light emitted by a standard candle of standard composition.

Why Seven Base Units? Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 14 Seven base units are not necessary; one will do. (E.g. natural units) Seven is a tradeoff: having fewer base units makes equations simpler; having more base units makes measurements more practical. SI units may be re-defined in the near future to have zero base units.

SI Derived Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 15 radianradplane anglem m -1 steradiansrsolid anglem 2 m -2 newtonNforcekg m s -2 jouleJenergykg m 2 s -2 wattWpowerkg m 2 s -3 pascalPapressurekg m -1 s -2 hertzHzfrequencys -1 coulombCelectric chargeA s voltVelectric potentialkg m 2 s -3 A -1 ohm Ω electric resistancekg m 2 s -3 A -2 siemensSelectric conductancekg -1 m -2 s 3 A 2 faradFelectric capacitancekg -1 m -2 s 4 A 2

SI Derived Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 16 weberWbmagnetic fluxkg m 2 s -2 A -1 teslaTmagnetic inductionkg s -2 A -1 henryHinductancekg m 2 s -2 A -2 lumenlmluminous fluxcd sr luxlxilluminancecd sr m -2 becquerelBqradioactivitys -1 grayGyabsorbed dosem 2 s -2 sievertSvdose equivalentm 2 s -2 katalkatcatalytic activitymol s -1

Photometric Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 17 Photometric units measure the brightness of visible light – electromagnetic radiation weighted by wavelength according to the sensitivity of the human eye at each wavelength. Lumen (lm) – measures the total light output from a source. Candela (cd) – measures the total light output per unit solid angle. The candela is essentially the same as the older unit candlepower. Lux (lx) – measures local illumination level. A typical office is at ~400 lux, while direct sunlight is ~100,000 lux.

Radiation Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 18 Becquerel (Bq) – number of radioactive decays per second. Gray (Gy) – measures absorbed dose: the amount of ionizing radiation energy absorbed per unit mass of material. 1 gray = 100 rads. Sievert (Sv) – measures dose equivalent, which measures the biological effect of radiation. Sieverts = grays × Q, where Q is a dimensionless quality factor that depends on the type of radiation. 1 sievert = 100 rems.

Temperature Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 20 Temperature units are unlike any other units, in that a measure of “zero” is not the same on all scales. The most common temperature scales are: Fahrenheit ( ° F) – Water freezes at 32 ° F, boils at 212 ° F Rankine ( ° R) – Intervals the same as Fahrenheit, but with 0 ° R at absolute zero Celsius ( ° C) (also called “centigrade”) – Water freezes at 0 ° C, boils at 100 ° C Kelvin (K) – Intervals the same as Celsius, but with 0 K at absolute zero The SI unit for temperature is the kelvin. Note that the degree symbol ( ° ) is not used with the kelvin scale.

SI Prefixes Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 21 yotta-Y10 24 deci-d10 -1 zetta-Z10 21 centi-c10 -2 exa-E10 18 milli-m10 -3 peta-P10 15 micro- μ 10 -6 tera-T10 12 nano-n10 -9 giga-G10 9 pico-p10 -12 mega-M10 6 femto-f10 -15 kilo-k10 3 atto-a10 -18 hecto-h10 2 zepto-z10 -21 deka-da10 1 yocto-y10 -24

Binary Prefixes (for Computer Use) Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 22 yobi-Yi2 80 = 1024 8 = 1,208,925,819,614,629,174,706,176 zebi-Zi2 70 = 1024 7 = 1,180,591,620,717,411,303,424 exbi-Ei2 60 = 1024 6 = 1,152,921,504,606,846,976 pebi-Pi2 50 = 1024 5 = 1,125,899,906,842,624 tebi-Ti2 40 = 1024 4 = 1,099,511,627,776 gibi-Gi2 30 = 1024 3 = 1,073,741,824 mebi-Mi2 20 = 1024 2 = 1,048,576 kibi-Ki2 10 = 1024 1 = 1,024

Metric Non-SI Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 23 Several units in common use are “metric” units, but not part of the SI system: Liter (L) = 1 dm 3 (Useful fact: 1 mL = 1 cm 3 ) Temperature in degrees Celsius ( ° C)

Unit Conversions Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 24 1.Write each conversion factor as a ratio with units only. The units must cancel so that the final product has the proper units. 2.Fill in numbers in each ratio so that the numerator and denominator both represent the same length, time, etc. Example. Convert 60 miles/hour to feet/second. First fill in known conversion factors (units only): Now fill in the same length or time in both the numerator and denominator.

A More Complicated Example Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 25 Convert 250,000 furlongs/fortnight to m/s. Now fill in the same length or time in the numerator and denominator:

Conversions Involving Powers Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 26 2000 cubic feet to (US liquid) gallons. First fill in known conversion factors (units only): Now put the same length or volume in the numerator and denominator:

Conversions Involving Temperature Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 27 Be careful when making unit conversions involving temperature. When converting a plain temperature, you must allow for the scale offset. When temperature is part of a compound unit, you use only the interval size. Ex. Convert 68°F to °C. This is just a temperature, so allow for the scale offset: (5/9)(68 – 32) = 20 °C. Ex. Convert 100 J/ ° F to J/ ° C. Here temperature is part of a compound unit, so we do not use the offset: just use 1 Celsius degree = 1.8 Fahrenheit degrees: (100 J/ ° F) × [1.8 (F deg)/(C deg)] = 180 J/ ° C

Units as an Error-Checking Method Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 28 Rules for Units 1.Units on both sides of an equation must match. 2.When adding or subtracting two quantities, they must have the same units. 3.Quantities that appear in exponents must be dimensionless. 4.The argument for functions like sin, cos, tan, arcsin, arccos, arctan, log, and exp must be dimensionless. 5.When checking units, radians and steradians can be considered dimensionless. 6.When checking complicated units, it may be useful to break down all derived units into base units (e.g. replace newtons with kg m s -2 ).

Example Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 29 A circular Wien filter is a device that produces electric and magnetic fields arranged in such a way that only electrons of a certain velocity are able to pass through the device in a straight line. We recently derived an expression for the speed of the undeflected electrons, and found Is this correct? We can check for consistency of units. (Here v φ is in m/s; r, r 0, and d in m; m e in kg; q in C; B θ in T; and Φ 0 in V.) Breaking everything down to base units (m, kg, s, A), we find Both sides have units of m/s, so at least the units are OK.

Example Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 30 An early draft of the Cassini CAPS instrument paper included an equation for the time of flight of negative ions: where the mass M is in amu, Q is charge in C, L is a length in m, E int is an energy in J, and k is an “effective spring constant” with units of amu C -1 s -2. Problem 1. M must be converted to kg and k to units of kg C -1 s -2 for dimensional consistency. Problem 2. kL 2 has units of volts, while E int has units of joules. Solution: both occurrences of E int should be replaced by E int /Q.

Example Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 31 An early draft of the Cassini CAPS instrument paper included an equation for the time of flight of positive ions: where the mass M is in amu, Q is charge in C, L is a length in m, E int is an energy J, and k is an “effective spring constant” with units of amu C -1 s -2. Problem 1. M must be converted to kg and k to units of kg C -1 s -2 for dimensional consistency. Problem 2. The argument of the sin -1 function has units of when it should be dimensionless. (Solution: E int should be replaced by E int /Q.)

Rationalized Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 32 A system of units is said to be rationalized if is defined in such a way that factors of 4 π are eliminated from Maxwell’s equations. The idea (first suggested by Heaviside in 1882) is to eliminate the “eruption of 4 π ’s” in electromagnetic equations that have no spherical or cylindrical symmetry. In un-rationalized units (e.g. electrostatic and electromagnetic), factors of 4 π appear in Gauss’s and Ampère’s laws: but they disappear in Coulomb’s law: In rationalized units (e.g. SI and Heaviside-Lorentz), the factors of 4 π are absent from Maxwell’s equations, but re-appear in Coulomb’s law.

MVSA Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 33 Although officially the base units in SI are the m, kg, s, A, K, mol, and cd, it is possible to treat them as if the kilogram is replaced by the volt as a base unit; we may call this “MVSA” units. This method can simplify unit checking by breaking down quantities to a simpler set of base units. For example, in MKSA units, 1 Ω = 1 kg m 2 A -2 s -3. Using the volt instead of the kilogram as a base unit, we have 1 Ω = 1 V A -1. In this system, 1 kg = 1 V A s 3 m -2.

CGS Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 34 CGS units have as their base units: Length in centimeters (cm) Mass in grams (g) Time in seconds (s) No base electrical unit (unlike SI, which has the ampere) Several different CGS systems exist; they differ in how they define electromagnetic quantities: Electrostatic Electromagnetic Gaussian Heaviside-Lorentz

Electrostatic Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 35 Electrostatic units define: Electric charge in statcoulombs (aka franklins): 1 statC = 1 g 1/2 cm 3/2 s -1 Electric potential in statvolts: 1 statV = 1 g 1/2 cm 1/2 s -1 Magnetic induction (B) in statweber/cm 2 : 1 statWb/cm 2 = 1 g 1/2 cm -3/2 Induction (L) in stathenries: 1 statH = 1 s 2 cm -1 Note that expressing electromagnetic units in terms of base units results in grams and centimeters being raised to fractional powers. This is a consequence of CGS systems having no base electrical unit.

Electromagnetic Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 36 Electromagnetic units define: Electric charge in abcoulombs: 1 abC = 1 g 1/2 cm 1/2 Electric potential in abvolts: 1 abV = 1 g 1/2 cm 3/2 s -2 Magnetic induction (B) in gauss: 1 G = 1 g 1/2 cm -1/2 s -1 Induction (L) in abhenries: 1 abH = 1 cm

Gaussian Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 37 Gaussian units combine the electrical units from the esu system with magnetic units from the emu system. This is the most common cgs system. Gaussian units define: Electric charge in statcoulombs: 1 statC = 1 g 1/2 cm 3/2 s -1 Electric potential in statvolts: 1 statV = 1 g 1/2 cm 1/2 s -1 Magnetic induction (B) in gauss: 1 G = 1 g 1/2 cm -1/2 s -1 Induction (L) in stathenries: 1 statH = 1 s 2 cm -1

Heaviside-Lorentz Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 38 Heaviside-Lorentz units are rationalized Gaussian units. They differ from their Gaussian counterparts only by factors of 4 π or √ 4 π.

Metric Units that Never Were Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 39 Grads – a unit of plane angle, where a right angle is 100 grads instead of 90 ° Decimal clock: Decimal calendar with 10-day week

Pole Strength & Magnetic Moment Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 40 Two conventions for pole strength and magnetic moment: B-field convention H-field convention

Pole Strength & Magnetic Moment Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 41 B-Field Convention Force on a pole q* in a magnetic field B is: F = q* B SI units of pole strength are A m Force between two magnetic poles is: Magnetic moment m = q* ℓ has units of A m 2. Relation to H-field convention: q* = Q* / μ 0. 1 unit pole equiv. to 0.1 A m 1 pole cm equiv. to 0.001 A m 2.

Pole Strength & Magnetic Moment Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 42 H-Field Convention Force on a pole q* in a magnetic field B is: F = Q* H SI units of pole strength are Wb Force between two magnetic poles is: Magnetic moment d = Q* ℓ has units of Wb m. Relation to B-field convention: Q* = μ 0 q*. 1 unit pole = 4 π × 10 -8 Wb 1 pole cm = 4 π × 10 -10 Wb m

Metric Technical Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 43 Base units are: Meter (length) Kilogram-force (force); 1 kgf = 9.80665 N Second (time)

English Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 44 There are three systems of English units. All use the foot as the base unit of length, and the second as the base unit of time. British Engineering (English Gravitational) Units: Mass in slugs (1 slug = 32.17405 lbm) Force in pounds-force (lbf) Newton’s 2 nd law: F = ma English Absolute Units: Mass in pounds-mass (lbm) Force in poundals (1 pdl = 0.031081 lbf) Newton’s 2 nd law: F = ma English Engineering Units: Mass in pounds-mass (lbm) Force in pounds-force (lbf) Newton’s 2 nd law: F = (1/ β ) ma, β = 32.17405 lbm ft lbf -1 s -2

Avoirdupois Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 45 A system of weights customarily used in civil use in the US. 1 grain = 64.79891 mg = 1/7000 pound 1 dram = 27.34375 grains = 1.771845 g = 1/256 pound 1 ounce = 16 drams 1 pound = 16 ounces

Apothecaries’ Units Units of mass traditionally used by pharmacists – although metric units are more common nowadays. 1 grain = 64.79891 grams = 1/5760 apothecaries’ pound 1 apothecaries’ scruple = 20 apothecaries’ grains 1 apothecaries’ dram = 3 apothecaries’ scruples 1 apothecaries’ ounce = 8 apothecaries’ drams 1 apothecaries’ pound = 12 apothecaries’ ounces Feb. 12, 2013 46 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/

Troy Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 47 Units of mass used for precious metals. 1 troy ounce = 1.097143 oz avoirdupois = 1 apothecaries’ ounce = 31.10348 g 1 troy pound = 12 troy ounces = 1 apothecaries’ pound 1 troy ton = 2000 troy pounds

Astronomical Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 48 Used in astronomy. Base units are: Mass in solar masses Time in days Length in units of the Earth-Sun distance The astronomical unit of length was recently re-defined (August 2012 IAU meeting in Peking). Old definition: the radius of an unperturbed circular Newtonian orbit about the Sun of a particle having infinitesimal mass, moving with a mean motion of 0.01720209895 radians per day (known as the Gaussian constant). New defintion: 1 AU = 149,597,870,700 meters (exactly) Ref. The Astronomical Unit Gets Fixed, Nature News, 14 September 2012, doi:10.1038/nature.2012.11416

Atomic Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 49 Used in atomic physics. Base units are: Length in Bohr radii: a 0 = 4 πε 0 ħ 2 /m e e 2 = 0.52917721092 × 10 -10 m Mass in units of electron mass: m e = 9.10938291 × 10 -31 kg Time is then in units of m e a 0 2 / ħ = 2.41888 × 10 -17 sec

Planck Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 50 Used in theoretical physics; they simplify many equations by setting the physical constants G = ħ = c = 1. Base units are: Planck length: ℓ P = (ħG/ c 3 ) 1/2 = 1.61699 × 10 -35 m Planck mass: m P = (ħ c / G ) 1/2 = 2.17651 × 10 -8 kg Planck time: t P = (ħG/ c 5 ) 1/2 = 5.39106 × 10 -44 sec

Natural Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 51 Used in particle physics; they simplify many equations by setting the physical constants ħ = c = 1. Also, a base energy unit is chosen (typically eV, MeV, or GeV). All quantities are then expressed in energy units raised to a power.

Currency Units Currency units differ from other units: Each country has its own currency units. –There was once a proposed international currency unit, the speso, equivalent to 733 μ g of gold (about 4 ¢ at today’s gold prices) Conversion factors (called exchange rates) are functions of time, varying minute to minute. Bearing this in mind, currency units may be treated like any other unit. Exchange rates: http://www.xe.com/ucc Keep fluctuations in mind when making overseas procurements. Ex. Gasoline prices: yen per liter to dollars per gallon; dollars per troy oz to dollars per kg Feb. 12, 2013 52 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/

Tricky Units Gallon (US liquid, US dry, imperial); quart, pint –1 US liquid gal = 231 in 3 ; 1 US dry gal = 268.80 in 3 ; 1 imperial gal = 277.42 in 3 Ounce (avoirdupois, troy, apothecaries’, fluid) –Troy oz is 10% bigger than the avoirdupois oz; troy lb = 12 troy oz –Avoirdupois, troy, and apothecaries’ ounce are units of mass; the fluid ounce is a unit of volume Ton (short, long, troy, metric) –short ton = 2000 lb, long ton = 2240 lb, troy ton = 1645.714 lb, metric ton = 1000 kg Foot (international foot, US survey foot) –US survey foot = 1.000002 ft “Calorie” –The “calorie” as used in the food industry is 1000 times the “calorie” used in chemistry; it is what chemists would call a “kilocalorie”. –“15 ° calorie” (= 4.1858 J); “thermochemical calorie” (= 4.184 J); “international steam table (IT) calorie” (= 4.1868 J) Feb. 12, 2013 53 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/

The Future of SI Units There is currently a proposal being discussed to eliminate all SI base units by fixing the values of several physical constants : Planck’s constant (h) Elementary charge (e) Boltzmann’s constant (k B ) Avogadro’s number (N A ) These would re-define the kg, A, K, and mol. The speed of light c has already been fixed in the definition of the meter. This issue has not yet been decided. Feb. 12, 2013 54 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/

The Future of SI Units Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 55 Proposed change to SI units would re-define all seven base units; base units would be defined by defining exact values for physical constants: Defined const.Defines the… Δν ( 133 Cs) hfs second cmeter hkilogram eampere k B kelvin N A mole K cd candela(K cd is the luminous efficacy at 540 THz)

NASA Case Studies: Flight Software Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 56 During an earlier GSFC mission, problems were traced to software that modeled the spacecraft and its environment, and was being used to test flight software. There was confusion over whether the modeling software was to produce magnetic field strength in teslas or gauss, and whether magnetic dipole moment was to be in pole-cm or A m 2.

NASA Case Studies: Mars Climate Orbiter Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 57 Launched in December 1998 Reach Mars in September 1999 Disintegrated in the Martian upper atmosphere. The spacecraft was on an incorrect trajectory due to a units-related error in software used for trajectory models. A routine to model small forces (SM_FORCES) was to have used thruster performance data (impulse) in N s, but instead lbf s were used.

NASA Case Studies: Mars Climate Orbiter Feb. 12, 2013 58 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/

Recommendations Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 59 Paying meticulous attention to units of measure can avoid many errors – both in working with equations and in software. Use units as an error checking technique. In software, store all variables in memory in a consistent set of units (e.g. SI or Gaussian). If the results are required in different units, perform the unit conversion during output. Angles are usually best stored in radians. Write comments in software source code to make it clear what units are used at each step. It is not sufficient to specify that a quantity be given in “metric units” – there are many different metric units! (E.g. magnetic field in gauss or teslas.)

Questions? Feb. 12, 2013 GSFC AETD Mini Course #115 http://caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units/ 60 References Classical Electrodynamics, 2 nd ed., J.D. Jackson (1975) Demystifying Electromagnetic Equations: A Complete Explanation of EM Unit Systems and Equation Transformations, Douglas L. Cohen (2001) Engineering Units and Physical Quantities, H.S. Hvistendahl (1964) Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM): www.bipm.org National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST): www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/index.cfm How Many? A Dictionary of Units of Measurement: www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/ Course Web site: caps.gsfc.nasa.gov/simpson/units

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