Units for HW Problem 1.23  [ENDORSED]

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Units for HW Problem 1.23

Postby Hena Sihota 1L » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:43 pm

For problem 1.23 I calculated the wavelength in nm, but when I went to check my answer with the solutions manual it had the answer in pm. How do I know which units to use for the final answer when calculating wavelength?

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Re: Units for HW Problem 1.23  [ENDORSED]

Postby Sarah Rutzick 1L » Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:02 pm

In this problem it makes sense to convert the wavelength to picometers because one picometer is equal to 1x10^-12 meters. Since the wavelength was calculated as 8.8237x10^-12 m, 8.8237 pm expresses this wavelength in the simplest form.

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Re: Units for HW Problem 1.23

Postby lauren chung 2f » Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:54 pm

If the question specifies which units to use, then you have to put your answer in that form. But if it doesn't specify, it shouldn't matter much whether you write your answer in nm or pm.

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