Ch 1 Serway - Given the equation: x = ½ at 2 Check...

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Ch. 1 Physics and Measurement
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What is physics?
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Dimensional Analysis • Technique to check the correctness of an equation or to assist in deriving an equation • Dimensions (length, mass, time, combinations) can be treated as algebraic quantities. – Add, subtract, multiply, divide • Both sides of equation must have the same dimensions. • Any relationship can be correct only if the dimensions on both sides of the equation are the same.
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Dimensional Analysis Example
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Unformatted text preview: Given the equation: x = ½ at 2 Check dimensions on each side: Operations with Sig Figs • Example: 25.57 m x 2.45 m = 62.6 m 2 – The 2.45 m limits your result to 3 significant figures. • Example: 135 cm + 3.25 cm = 138 cm – The 135 cm limits your answer to the units decimal value. • What is 55 mph in km/h? • What is it in m/s? • (unit conversion factors are on back inside cover of your text)...
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2010 for the course PSYCH PSYCH 211 taught by Professor Diemel during the Spring '10 term at Shoreline.

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Ch 1 Serway - Given the equation: x = ½ at 2 Check...

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