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Kg vs Grams

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:01 pm
by Sydni Stewart
Is there a reason we use kg in DeBroglie's equation? And in what other equations do we use kg as opposed to grams?

Re: Kg vs Grams

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:09 pm
by WilliamNguyen_4L
We deal with Kg in DeBroglie's equation because in that equation we are dealing with momentum. Momentum is measured in kg*ms/s. We use kg in equations that deal with momentum, energy (Joules), etc. because those values are measured with kg in it. For example the units of joules is kg⋅m^2/s^2.

Re: Kg vs Grams

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:44 pm
by Danny Zhang 4L
Within this class, I believe that we will only be using kg when dealing with energy and momentum.

Re: Kg vs Grams

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:23 pm
by Kevin Tang 4L
It's kinda confusing that we use kg because all the other units we use don't use kilo. E.g. the SI unit for distance is meter, not kilometer; we use mols, not kilomols.

However, for mass, the SI unit is kilograms as other units use kg. E.g joules, which is measured in kg⋅m2⋅s−2.

Re: Kg vs Grams

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:04 am
by Ariel Cheng 2I
I think something that would help would be to write out the units for all parts of the equation. In h/mv, h is given in kg.m^2.s^-1. In order to cancel out the kg, the mass "m" needs to be in kilograms as well. The velocity should cancel out m.s^-1 and leave meters for λ.

Re: Kg vs Grams

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:38 pm
by Jchellis 1I
Kg is an SI unit so always convert to Kg

Re: Kg vs Grams

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:49 pm
by AlyssaBei_1F
Kg is the SI unit. We only use grams when working with moles. Always convert to kg.