HW 1.7 (using nm vs pm)


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Maya Khoury
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HW 1.7 (using nm vs pm)

Postby Maya Khoury » Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:28 pm

For problem 1.5, why does the answer manual show that part a is answered in nanometers but part b is answered in picometers? And how would I know when to use which?

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Re: HW 1.7 (using nm vs pm)

Postby Jesus A Cuevas - 1E » Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:12 pm

When it comes to the use of the short hands, it is determined by what power of 10 our answer is raised to. For this question, in part (a) it specifically asked for nanometers (10^-9) and in part (b) it asked for the answer in picometers (10^ -12). We will usually be told what units the final answer should be in, if not we assume its the units that correspond closest to what power of 10 our answer is raised to (ex: Gigameter 10^9, Kilometers 10^3, Decimeters 10^ -1, etc.).

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Re: HW 1.7 (using nm vs pm)

Postby ramayyala1G » Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:16 pm

Adding on to that, unless the specify what type of unit they want you to use, I am pretty sure you are free to choose then. Its usually best to stick with the units given in the problem unless told otherwise.

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Re: HW 1.7 (using nm vs pm)

Postby FizaBaloch1J » Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:32 pm

Had a question regarding example 3 in chapter 1 as well?

Which of the following happens when the frequency
of electromagnetic radiation decreases? Explain your
reasoning.
(a) The speed of the radiation decreases.
(b) The wavelength of the radiation decreases.
(c) The extent of the change in the electrical fi eld at a given
point decreases.
(d) The energy of the radiation increases.

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Re: HW 1.7 (using nm vs pm)

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:32 pm

Please post full details of the question if you want to ask a question about the book questions so everyone can understand without having to open the book.

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Re: HW 1.7 (using nm vs pm)

Postby Neha Divi 1K » Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:26 pm

I agree with what everyone else said. In addition, I think the answer was trying to show the value without scientific notation and in terms that would help you understand the scope of the problem and compare that to the answer and its units.

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Re: HW 1.7 (using nm vs pm)

Postby Andrew Berard 1F » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:42 pm

In 1.7, the problem states that your answer for part (a) should be in nanometers and your answer for part (b) should be in picometers. So, to answer your question, it should say what unit it wants your answer to be in.

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Re: HW 1.7 (using nm vs pm)

Postby Haison Nguyen 1I » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:25 pm

The problem itself says to use nm for part A and pm for part B. If the problem didn't tell you what units to use, you should probably use the units you were working with to solve the problem.

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Re: HW 1.7 (using nm vs pm)

Postby Bijal Luhar » Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:33 pm

The units the question asks for does not ultimately change the ultimate answer, it is just a specification they have.


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