Using Joules

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Sarah Bui 2L
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Using Joules

Postby Sarah Bui 2L » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:54 pm

When do you know to use the equivalent of Joules units (kgm^2s^-2)? Is it so that we can cancel in dimensional analysis?

Cienna Henry 1J
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Re: Using Joules

Postby Cienna Henry 1J » Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:27 am

Yes, it's used to cancel units

Justin Haggard 1E
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Re: Using Joules

Postby Justin Haggard 1E » Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:40 am

Yes, since Joules are not in SI units, it becomes hard to do dimensional analysis without the conversion. One application where you would find the conversion to be very useful would be when using the De Broglie Equation:


The units would be:

Wavelength =

Converting Joules to it's SI units would make this easier to simplify:

Wavelength = which, after dimensional analysis, would give you the wavelength in meters (m).

I hope this answers your question!

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