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# Thinking Like

an Engineer
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Learning
Approach
Stephan, Bowman, Park, Sill,
Ohland
Third Edition
Pearson Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Chapter 7
Dimensions and Units
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Ch 7.3 –
Ch 7.1 Ch 7.2 7.5 Ch 7.6 Ch 7.7 Ch 7.8
Why do we care?

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Ch 7.3 –
Ch 7.1 Ch 7.2 Ch 7.6 Ch 7.7 Ch 7.8
7.5

Chapter 7.1
The Metric System
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Learning Objectives
 Identify a quantity as a dimension or a unit.
 List the seven fundamental dimensions and
their abbreviation.
 List the seven base SI units, their
abbreviations, and the matching fundamental
dimensions.
 Express units correctly using the official SI
rules.
 Express quantities using correct SI prefixes.
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Concept Check CH 7, Check 1
Circle any FUNDAMENTAL DIMENSIONS.
Underline any BASE SI UNITS.

## mass degrees Celsius length megawatt

cubic
second slug foot
centimeter
candela newton lumen joule
potential
gram power electric current
energy
heat efficiency voltage volume
area meter hour temperature
mole mile pound-force pascal
time kelvin
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Concept Check CH 7, Check 1

## candela newton lumen joule

electric
gram potential energy power
current
heat efficiency voltage volume

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Fundamental Dimensions and Base SI Units

L m
k
I M A
g
Dimensio Uni
ns c
J T d
ts
s
m
N Θ ol
K
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Fundamental Dimensions and Base SI Units

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SI Prefixes

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Ch 7.3 –
Ch 7.1 Ch 7.2 Ch 7.6 Ch 7.7 Ch 7.8
7.5

Chapter 7.2
Other Unit Systems
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Learning Objectives

##  Understand how dimensions are

expressed in the three main unit
systems (SI, AES, USCS).
 Recognize non-SI units that are
acceptable for use with the SI system.

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Comparison of SI, AES, and USCS Unit Systems

ft ft
° lb ° slu
R m R USC g
AES S

° m °
F
s F
s
SI
K [MKS kg
]

°C s
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Acceptable non-SI Units

am hou
AU day
Length u Mass Time r Time
[m] [g] [s] [s]

lite mi yea
eV n r
Energ r Volum Time Time
y [J] e [m3] [s] [s]

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Ch 7.3 –
Ch 7.1 Ch 7.2 Ch 7.6 Ch 7.7 Ch 7.8
7.5

Chapter 7.3–7.5
Conversion Procedure
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Learning Objectives
 Convert from one unit to a different unit
within a fundamental dimension.
 Convert from one unit to a different unit
when multiple steps are required.
 Convert from one unit to a different unit
within a fundamental dimension when
presented with units that are "new" or
unfamiliar to the user.

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Conversion Procedure

Define
term to be
converted

Cancel, Write
calculate, conversion
reasonable formula

Make
fraction
Multiply
equal to
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Example CH 7.3, Ex 1

## The Mariana Trench is one of the

deepest spots in the ocean at 35,837
feet [ft].
Express this length in units of miles
[mi].

1 mi = 5,280 ft
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Example Workspace
Define term
to be
converted

Write
conversion
formula

Make fraction
equal to one

Multiply

Cancel,
calculate,
reasonable
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Example CH 7.4, Ex 1

Convert 0.01
1 kg = 1 x 10 3 g
kilograms [kg]
to units of
micrograms [μg].

1 μg = 1 x 10 - 6 g
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Example Workspace
Define term
to be
converted

Write
conversion
formula

Make fraction
equal to one

Multiply

Cancel,
calculate,
reasonable
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Example CH 7.4, Ex 2

## A typical amount of blood drawn

during a blood donation is 450
milliliters [mL].

## Express the volume of 450 milliliters

[mL] in units of cubic inches [in 3].
1 milliliters = 1 cubic centimeters
1 cubic inch = 2.54*2.54*2.54 cubic centimeters

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Example Workspace
Define term
to be
converted

Write
conversion
formula

Make fraction
equal to one

Multiply

Cancel,
calculate,
reasonable
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Example CH 7.4, Ex 3

## A typical amount of blood drawn

during a blood donation is 450
milliliters [mL].

## Express the volume of 450 milliliters

[mL] in units of gallons [gal].
1 liter= 1000 milliliters
1 G= 3.78 L

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Example Workspace

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How to Convert Units Raised to a Power

## What does a volume of 3 cubic

centimeters [cm3] actually mean?

If we want to 1
convert this to cm
units of FEET,
we must
convert each
side to units of
1
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How to Convert Units Raised to a Power
Converting to units of feet…

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Concept Check CH 7.4, Check 1
Rank the following from smallest volume to largest
volume.
A. 1 cubic centimeter A
B. 1 cubic foot D
C. 1 gallon G
D. 1 cubic inch E
E. 1 liter C
F. 1 cubic meter B
G. 1 quart F
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Visualization Activity
Indicate if quantity on left hand side is less
than, equal to, or greater than the quantity on
right hand side.
Place the units in order from smallest to largest.
If two units of
Quantity are equivalent,
Left Hand place of
Quantity them
RightinHand
the
same blank. Side Side
1 cubic centimeter [1
1 cubic meter [1 m3]
cm3]
1 cubic centimeter [1
1 milliliter [1 mL]
cm3]
1 cubic meter [1 m3] 1 liter [L]
1 liter [L] 1 quart [qt]
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## 1 cm3 = 1 mL < 1 qt <1L

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Ch 7.3 –
Ch 7.1 Ch 7.2 Ch 7.6 Ch 7.7 Ch 7.8
7.5

Chapter 7.6
Derived Dimensions and Units
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Learning Objectives
 Identify a quantity as a derived dimension or derived
unit, in mathematical or shorthand notation.
 Given the base units of a quantity, determine the
fundamental dimensions.
 Given the fundamental dimensions of a quantity,
determine the base SI units.
 Be able to express the five most common derived
quantities (N, J, W, Pa, V) in terms of both
fundamental dimensions and base SI units.
 Identify when a quantity is dimensionless.

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Fundamental Dimensions and Base SI Units

L m
k
I M A
g
Dimensio Uni
ns c
J T d
ts
s
m
N Θ ol
K
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Derived Dimensions and Units

## Power [=] watt

Energy [=] joule [J]
1 W [W]
≡ 1 J/s
1 J ≡ (1 N) (1
m)
Force [=] newton [N]
 m
1N  1kg  1 2 
 s 

## Voltage [=] volt

Pressure = pascal [V]
[Pa] 1W
1N 1V 
1Pa  1A
1m2
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Common Derived, Named Units

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Ch 7.3 –
Ch 7.1 Ch 7.2 Ch 7.6 Ch 7.7 Ch 7.8
7.5

Chapter 7.7
Equations Laws
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Learning Objectives
 Given an expression, determine if that
expression is valid using plus law, unit law,
and per law.

##  For an expression that is valid using the plus

law, unit law, and per law, determine the
dimensions or units of an unknown quantity.

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Plus Law

must have the
same dimensions.

## Surface area = 2 (ab + ac + bc)

L2 = L 2 + L 2 + L 2
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Unit Law

## Every term in an equation

must have the same units
terms.
Surface area = 2 (ab + ac + bc)
cm2 = (in)(cm) + (in)(ft) + (in)(m)
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Plus Law, Unit Law

2
L≠M+T+
N
cm ≠ in + m
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Unit Law Corollary

Dimensional consistency
does NOT equal
unit consistency.

L =L+L+L
cm = in + ft + m
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Unit Law Corollary

2
L=L+L
cm ≠ in + yd
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