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Dimensional Analysis 3: Examples and Practice for Converting Units

Understanding the principles of Dimensional Analysis is not only an important skill in science it is also something you will use in your daily life, for the rest of your life. Once you learn the rules and the process of dimensional analysis, you will be able to convert anything in life - just stick with the three simple rules:

Click the link to watch "Dimensional Analysis 3: Converting Units" on YouTube:

The Simple Rules of Dimensional Analysis

  1. Write down what you know

  2. Set up conversions to cancel units

  3. Solve (do the math)

The video includes practice problems for converting:

  • How many seconds in one year?

  • How do you convert the speed of light from meters per second to miles per hour?

  • How do you calculate the hourly cost of heating your home?

  • How much will it cost me to throw a pizza party for my friends?

Click the link for the previous video "Dimensional Analysis 2: Metric Conversions".

For the full YouTube playlist for of Chemistry Videos, click here.


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