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Units for DeBroglie

Posted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:23 am
by Veronica_Lubera_2A
Are the official units kg and meters? So if we were to be given a problem with km and g for instance, we would have to convert them?

Re: Units for DeBroglie

Posted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:17 pm
by Shivam Rana 1D
The correct units for DeBroglie are kg and m, so as you suggested, we would need to change the units to kg and meters.

Re: Units for DeBroglie

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:38 pm
by ahuang
You use kg and m because those are the SI units used in the formula.

Re: Units for DeBroglie

Posted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:30 am
by 904914037
Yes, the DeBroglie equation uses all SI units. Another way to look at the units involved, is to understand what units are appropriate for each variable involved (this can be found in the textbook or modules). For example, the units for Planck's constant are kg.m^2.s^-1 while the units for velocity is m.s^-1. It is helpful to remember that problems involving the DeBroglie Equation involve cancelling out units to get the proper units of the final answer, so memorizing what the proper units for each variable are, especially Planck's constant, can help you visualize when you need to convert units, and what final units you should end up with.

Re: Units for DeBroglie

Posted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:21 pm
by BeylemZ-1B
Yes! definitely would need to change from km*g to m*kg!! thanks to metric conversions the dimensional analysis is quite straightforward.