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Unit Conversions Physics 6A Prepared by Vince Zaccone For Campus Learning Assistance Services at UCSB

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Units are very important when dealing with physical quantities. Here are a couple of examples for practice: Prepared by Vince Zaccone For Campus Learning Assistance Services at UCSB

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The speed of light is 3.00x10 8 m/s. What is this speed in miles per hour? Prepared by Vince Zaccone For Campus Learning Assistance Services at UCSB

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The speed of light is 3.00x10 8 m/s. What is this speed in miles per hour? We will need to convert meters to miles, and seconds to hours. Prepared by Vince Zaccone For Campus Learning Assistance Services at UCSB

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The speed of light is 3.00x10 8 m/s. What is this speed in miles per hour? We will need to convert meters to miles, and seconds to hours. Looking up a conversion factor from the book (or internet): 1 mile = 1609 meters Now we can do some simple multiplying to do the conversions: Prepared by Vince Zaccone For Campus Learning Assistance Services at UCSB

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The speed of light is 3.00x10 8 m/s. What is this speed in miles per hour? We will need to convert meters to miles, and seconds to hours. Looking up a conversion factor from the book (or internet): 1 mile = 1609 meters Now we can do some simple multiplying to do the conversions: Prepared by Vince Zaccone For Campus Learning Assistance Services at UCSB

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The speed of light is 3.00x10 8 m/s. What is this speed in miles per hour? We will need to convert meters to miles, and seconds to hours. Looking up a conversion factor from the book (or internet): 1 mile = 1609 meters Now we can do some simple multiplying to do the conversions: Of course that answer is very cumbersome to work with and it has the wrong number of significant digits. A better answer would be rounded off and be placed in scientific notation: Prepared by Vince Zaccone For Campus Learning Assistance Services at UCSB

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A beaker has a radius of 5 cm and is filled with water to a depth of 10 cm. Suppose that a water molecule can be modeled as a cube with side length 0.1nm. Approximately how many water molecules are in the beaker? 10 cm 5 cm Prepared by Vince Zaccone For Campus Learning Assistance Services at UCSB

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10 cm 5 cm This is a question about volumes. We need to be careful with our units and make sure they all match up. One way to do this is to convert everything to the same units (meters are convenient here). A beaker has a radius of 5 cm and is filled with water to a depth of 10 cm. Suppose that a water molecule can be modeled as a cube with side length 0.1nm. Approximately how many water molecules are in the beaker? Prepared by Vince Zaccone For Campus Learning Assistance Services at UCSB

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10 cm 5 cm What is the volume of the beaker? A beaker has a radius of 5 cm and is filled with water to a depth of 10 cm. Suppose that a water molecule can be modeled as a cube with side length 0.1nm. Approximately how many water molecules are in the beaker? Prepared by Vince Zaccone For Campus Learning Assistance Services at UCSB This is a question about volumes. We need to be careful with our units and make sure they all match up. One way to do this is to convert everything to the same units (meters are convenient here).

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10 cm 5 cm What is the volume of the beaker? It is a cylinder, so the volume is ∏x(radius) 2 x(height) A beaker has a radius of 5 cm and is filled with water to a depth of 10 cm. Suppose that a water molecule can be modeled as a cube with side length 0.1nm. Approximately how many water molecules are in the beaker? Prepared by Vince Zaccone For Campus Learning Assistance Services at UCSB This is a question about volumes. We need to be careful with our units and make sure they all match up. One way to do this is to convert everything to the same units (meters are convenient here).

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10 cm 5 cm What is the volume of the beaker? It is a cylinder, so the volume is ∏x(radius) 2 x(height) A beaker has a radius of 5 cm and is filled with water to a depth of 10 cm. Suppose that a water molecule can be modeled as a cube with side length 0.1nm. Approximately how many water molecules are in the beaker? Prepared by Vince Zaccone For Campus Learning Assistance Services at UCSB This is a question about volumes. We need to be careful with our units and make sure they all match up. One way to do this is to convert everything to the same units (meters are convenient here).

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10 cm 5 cm What is the volume of the beaker? It is a cylinder, so the volume is ∏x(radius) 2 x(height) What is the volume of a water molecule? A beaker has a radius of 5 cm and is filled with water to a depth of 10 cm. Suppose that a water molecule can be modeled as a cube with side length 0.1nm. Approximately how many water molecules are in the beaker? Prepared by Vince Zaccone For Campus Learning Assistance Services at UCSB This is a question about volumes. We need to be careful with our units and make sure they all match up. One way to do this is to convert everything to the same units (meters are convenient here).

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10 cm 5 cm What is the volume of the beaker? It is a cylinder, so the volume is ∏x(radius) 2 x(height) What is the volume of a water molecule? We are assuming these are cubes, so volume is side length cubed. A beaker has a radius of 5 cm and is filled with water to a depth of 10 cm. Suppose that a water molecule can be modeled as a cube with side length 0.1nm. Approximately how many water molecules are in the beaker? Prepared by Vince Zaccone For Campus Learning Assistance Services at UCSB This is a question about volumes. We need to be careful with our units and make sure they all match up. One way to do this is to convert everything to the same units (meters are convenient here).

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10 cm 5 cm What is the volume of the beaker? It is a cylinder, so the volume is ∏x(radius) 2 x(height) What is the volume of a water molecule? A beaker has a radius of 5 cm and is filled with water to a depth of 10 cm. Suppose that a water molecule can be modeled as a cube with side length 0.1nm. Approximately how many water molecules are in the beaker? Prepared by Vince Zaccone For Campus Learning Assistance Services at UCSB This is a question about volumes. We need to be careful with our units and make sure they all match up. One way to do this is to convert everything to the same units (meters are convenient here). We are assuming these are cubes, so volume is side length cubed.

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10 cm 5 cm What is the volume of the beaker? It is a cylinder, so the volume is ∏x(radius) 2 x(height) What is the volume of a water molecule? How many molecules will fit in the beaker? A beaker has a radius of 5 cm and is filled with water to a depth of 10 cm. Suppose that a water molecule can be modeled as a cube with side length 0.1nm. Approximately how many water molecules are in the beaker? Prepared by Vince Zaccone For Campus Learning Assistance Services at UCSB This is a question about volumes. We need to be careful with our units and make sure they all match up. One way to do this is to convert everything to the same units (meters are convenient here). We are assuming these are cubes, so volume is side length cubed.

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10 cm 5 cm What is the volume of the beaker? It is a cylinder, so the volume is ∏x(radius) 2 x(height) What is the volume of a water molecule? How many molecules will fit in the beaker? A beaker has a radius of 5 cm and is filled with water to a depth of 10 cm. Suppose that a water molecule can be modeled as a cube with side length 0.1nm. Approximately how many water molecules are in the beaker? Prepared by Vince Zaccone For Campus Learning Assistance Services at UCSB This is a question about volumes. We need to be careful with our units and make sure they all match up. One way to do this is to convert everything to the same units (meters are convenient here). We are assuming these are cubes, so volume is side length cubed.

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