Units for mass

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Isabel Day 1D
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Units for mass

Postby Isabel Day 1D » Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:41 pm

I've noticed that in the De Broglie and Heisenberg uncertainty principle problems, we use kg as the basic unit for mass instead of g. This confused me at first because I thought we should always convert kilos to the base unit (grams, meters, etc.). Are kilograms always used as the base unit for these problems? Does this apply to other equations involving mass in the future as well?

Sarah Blake-2I
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Re: Units for mass

Postby Sarah Blake-2I » Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:42 pm

Since kg is an SI unit, kg will be used often, however, if the problem does not specify what units, I believe it is okay to use either grams or kilograms.

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Re: Units for mass

Postby Adrianh72 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:51 pm

It usually makes more real-life sense to use grams, but since the SI unit is kg, it's often asked for in chemistry problems.

Donavin Collins 1F
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Re: Units for mass

Postby Donavin Collins 1F » Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:53 pm

I believe it wouldn't matter too much if you used grams or kgs, as long as it isn't specified to use a specific unit.

Betania Hernandez 2E
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Re: Units for mass

Postby Betania Hernandez 2E » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:07 pm

Kg is used often because it is an SI unit which is used in DeBroglie's equation.

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