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1 Metric system Dr. Robert M. MacKay Clark College Physics Clark College

2 Basic Units Basic Units length (meters, m) time (sec, s) mass (kilogram, kg) (not weight)

3 Time time (sec, s) 1/ of a mean solar day 1 sec is the time required for 9, 192, 631, 770 oscillations of Cs-133 atom (1967)

4 Mass kilogram (kg) The mass of a standard object (relic) SI system of Units: : d.html d.html

5 Length 1.0 meter (1/ of distance from pole to equator) distance light travels in 1/ s (1983) 1 m =39.37 inches 1.0 inch = cm 1 m = 100 cm (centi-meter) = 1000 mm (milli-meter) = µm (micro-meter) = nm (nano-meter) = km (kilo-meter)

6 metric prefixes = tera (T) 10 9 = giga (G) 10 6 = mega (M) 10 3 = kilo (k) = 0.01 centi (c) = milli (m) = micro (µ) = nano (n) = pico (p)

7 Scientific Notation

8 scientific notation = 3.85 x = 8.67x = 4.58 x10 ? = 6.7 x10 ? = 8 x10 ? = 2.56 x10 ? = 1.2 x10 ?

9 scientific notation 3.85 x10 4 = x10 -3 = x10 6 = ? 6.7 x10 -4 = ? 8 x10 8 = ? 2.56 x10 -1 = ? 1.2 x10 -6 =

10 Significant Figures

11 How accurately are measurements made? 10 cm cm cm = 3.76 cm

12 Significant Figures How accurately are measurements made? 10 cm 1324 _____cm - _____ cm = _____ cm

13 Significant Figures How accurately are measurements made? time= s ms

14 Significant Figures How accurately are calculations made? V=5.67 m/s t= s D=V t = ? = s = 18.6 m m s

15 Significant Figures How accurately are calculations made? For Multiplication or Division keep # of SF in least Significant value. Round off After Calcs. V=5.67 m/s t= s D=V t = ? = s = 18.6 m m s

16 Significant Figures How accurately are calculations made? For addition or subtraction keep # of SF in least Significant value. Round off before Calcs. X 1 = 23.4 m X 2 = m X 3 = m 23.4 m 1.5 m m m

17 Dimensional Analysis

18 Dimensional analysis Is an equation reasonable (Is it wrong) L = L or L 3 = L 3 L/S = L/S If a =12.0 m/s 2, t = 3.0s, and d is distance Which are incorrect?

19 Dimensional analysis If a =12.0 m/s 2, t = 3.0s, and d is distance Which are incorrect? d =a t

20 Dimensional analysis If a =12.0 m/s 2, t = 3.0s, and d is distance Which are incorrect? d =a t = L T L = L T T ? Not Correct!

21 Dimensional analysis If a =12.0 m/s 2, t = 3.0s, and d is distance Which are incorrect? d =a t 2

22 Dimensional analysis If a =12.0 m/s 2, t = 3.0s, and d is distance Which are incorrect? d = =L L = L T ? Possibly! a t 2 d =1/2 a t 2 is correct!

23 Unit Conversions

24 Conversion of Units How many yards are in 45 ft? 45 ft = 15 yd 1 yd = 3 ft

25 Conversion of Units How many yards are in 45 ft? 45 ft = 15 yd 1 yd = 3 ft 1 yd 45 ft 3 ft = 15 yd

26 Conversion of Units How many centimeters are in 2.50 kilometer? Write down known value draw a line to separate numerator from denominator use a unit factor conversion to go from one unit to next use unit analysis to keep track of units

27 Conversion of Units How many centimeters are in 2.50 kilometer? 2.50 km

28 Conversion of Units How many centimeters are in 2.50 kilometer? 2.50 km 1000m 1.00 km

29 Conversion of Units How many centimeters are in 2.50 kilometer? 2.50 km 1000m 1.00 km 100 cm 1.00m = 2.50x10 5 cm

30 Conversion of Units How many cm 3 are in 300 in 3 kilometer? 300 in3

31 Conversion of Units How many cm 3 are in 300 in 3 ? 300 in 3 (1.00 in) 3 (2.54 cm) 3

32 Conversion of Units How many cm 3 are in in 3 kilometer? in in cm 3 = 4916 cm 3

33 Conversion of Units Convert 60 mi/hr to ft/s. 60 mi hr

34 Conversion of Units Convert 60 mi/hr to ft/s. 60 mi hr 5280 ft 1 hr 3600 s 1.00 mi

35 Conversion of Units Convert 60 mi/hr to ft/s. 60 mi hr 5280 ft 1 hr 3600 s 1.00 mi =88 ft/s

36 Conversion Fun Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi 2000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton 1 millionth of a mouthwash = 1 microscope

37 Conversion Fun Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour =Knot-furlong days of drinking low-calorie beer because it's less filling = 1lite year 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling

38 Conversion Fun 1,000,000 aches = 1 megahertz Weight an evangelist carries with God = 1 billigram Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower Shortest distance between two jokes = A straight line

39 Conversion Fun graham crackers = 1 pound cake 1 million microphones = 1 megaphone 1 million bicycles = 2 megacycles days = 1 unicycle 2000 mockingbirds = two kilomockingbirds

40 Conversion Fun 10 rations = 1 decoration 10 millipedes = 1 centipede 3 1/3 tridents = 1 decadent 10 monologs = 5 dialogs 5 dialogs = 1 decalog 2 monograms = 1 diagram 8 nickels = 2 paradigms 2 wharves = 1 paradox 100 Senators = Not 1 decision


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