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anil007 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted July 23, 2010 at 3:37 PM via web

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State various uses of dimensional equation ?

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hnystrom | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted July 25, 2010 at 8:03 PM (Answer #1)

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A dimensional equation is a tool used in what is called dimensional analysis.  It is a procedure to determine whether or not an equation is plausible.  If you are doing theoretical research or just solving a physics problem all equations must be true in terms of the units used on both sides of the equation.  Lets take the basic equation F=ma.  In a dimentional equation we surround each variable by []="the units of":

[F]=[m][a] means the units of F equals the units of m times the units of a

In SI units this means that Newtons = kilograms x m/sec2.  A Newton is in fact 1 kgm/sec2 so it checks out.  If it didn't then there is something wrong with the equation.  It would mean that either I did the derivation of the problem incorrectly.

A dimensional equation can also help us to determine the units of unknown quantities.  When Newton wrote his law of universal gravitation F=GmM/d2 G is a constant of proportionality that makes both sides of the equation correct.  We can do experiments to determine the numerical value of G but what are the dimensions of G?  We will rewrite Newton's equation and them make a dimantional equation out of it.

G=Fd2/mM.   So [G]=[F][d]2/[m][M]. 

In SI units this means the units of G are Newtons m2 / kg2.  In English units the units of G are pound ft2 / stone 2.

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