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Hecto as SI Unit

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:15 pm
by Stephen Sirmay 1I
After reviewing SI units in lecture today, I realized that Hecto (10^2) was not listed. Does this mean this unit is rarely used, or not even an SI unit at all?

Re: Hecto as SI Unit

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:17 pm
by Luis_Yepez_1F
I believe Dr. Lavelle was showing us formal SI units which are multiples of 3 for brevity's sake, however the hectometer is a SI unit.

Re: Hecto as SI Unit

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:18 pm
by Nathan Mariano 2G
The hectometer is an SI unit, however it is rarely used.

Re: Hecto as SI Unit  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:20 pm
by Henri_de_Guzman_3L
Hi Stephen, I think it would be safe to assume that the units Dr. Lavelle gave us were the only ones we'd be using for the class. Since he did not give us hecto-, I would assume that we would not need to use it for this class. However this does not mean that this is not an SI unit. As you mentioned it is the unit for the "hundreds" or 1x10^2. I took a chemistry class in my community college and I never saw it, not even in the textbook. I think generally it is not a unit commonly used in chemistry but it is still an SI unit.

Re: Hecto as SI Unit

Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:21 pm
by Henri_de_Guzman_3L
By "never saw it," I mean it didn't pop up in the homework problems or examples but they did display it on the section reading covering SI units.