Dimensions of any physical quantity are those powers to which the fundamental quantities are raised to express that quantity. The expression of a physical quantity in terms of its dimensions, is called its dimensional formula.
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Dimensions – Units and Measurement
Dimensional Formula of Some Physical Quantities
|S.No.||Physical Quantities||Dimensional Formula||MKS Units|
|6.||Work energy||[ML2T-2]||joule (J)|
|7.||Power||[ML2T-3]||J s-1 or W (watt)|
|8.||Pressure or stress||[ML-1T-2]||Nm-2|
|9.||Linear momentum or impulse||[MLT-1]||Kg ms-1|
|12.||Modulus of elasticity||[ML-1T-2]||Nm-2|
|15.||Coefficient of viscosity||[ML-1T-1]||Kg ms-1 s-1|
|17.||Moment of inertia||[ML2]||Kg-m2|
|20.||Angular momentum||[ML2T-1]||kg m2s-1|
|21.||Specific heat||[L2T-2θ-1]||kcal Kg-1K-1|
If the dimensions of left hand side of an equation are equal to the dimensions of right hand side of the equation, then the equation is dimensionally correct. This is known as homogeneity principle.
Mathematically, [LHS] =[RHS].
Applications of Dimensions
(i) To check the accuracy of physical equations.
(ii) To change a physical quantity from one system of units to another system of units.
(iii) To obtain a relation between different physical quantities.
Units and Measurement Topics:
Measurement requires tools to provide scientists with a quantity. A quantity describes how much of something there is and how many there are.
|Physical Quantities and Their Units||Systems of Units|
|Combinations of Errors|