# Questions tagged [units]

For questions about the definition and usage of units of measurement.

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### What are the units that measure free energy?

Is it $\pu{kJ/mol}$? I have done problems and I always end up with these units, but is this correct?
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### How isotopes atomic mass was defined?

So we say that 1 Amu (u) = 1/12 of the mass of a Carbon 12 atom. Im not sure about this, but I believe that first we measured the mass of 1 carbon 12 atom (This includes the mass defects that occur ...
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### Convert the lowest IR wavelength to energy in J, frequency in Hz, and wavenumbers in cm-1

Look up the range of wavelengths in nm in the IR region of the electromagnetic spectrum. Convert the lowest IR wavelength to energy in J, frequency in Hz, and wavenumbers in cm-1. I think I’m going ...
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### In biochemistry, when do rate constant units matter in calculating free energy changes?

In my experience, it is always been the ratio of products to reactants that mattered, so as long as your units are consistent; what they are doesn't matter. However, an in-class problem today required ...
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### What pressure units should be used when calculating electrode potential with Nernst equation?

Example 17: Calculate the electrode potential of given electrode $$\ce{Pt,Cl2 (\pu{1.5 bar}) | 2 Cl- (\pu{0.01 M})}\,; \quad E^\circ_\ce{Cl2/2Cl-} = \pu{1.36 V}$$ Solution: The reaction of ...
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### Order of the reaction between hemoglobin and oxygen

I have the reaction: $$\ce{Hb + O2 <=>[k][k'] HbO2}$$ where $\ce{Hb}$ is hemoglobin, $k$ is the rate constant of the forward reaction, $k'$ is the rate constant of the inverse reaction. On ...
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### Concentration of ammonium phosphate if dissolved in water [closed]

If $\pu{2.54 mg}$ of ammonium phosphate is dissolved in enough water to make $\pu{300 mL}$ of the solution, what is the molar concentration of the solution? The answer is $\pu{5.68e-5 mol L-1}$. ...
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### Concentration of mercury in body

Symptoms of mercury poisoning become apparent after a person has accumulated $\pu{20 mg}$ of mercury. If a person ingested $\pu{30 mg}$ of mercury, what concentration of mercury in parts per million, ...
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### What is the correct unit for the equilibrium constant?

I have the following equation $$K_a = \dfrac{c\alpha^2}{1-\alpha},$$ with units $c= \pu{mol/cm^3}$ and $\alpha$ is the same. I'm not sure how to get the correct units for $K_a$. What I have come up ...
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### Amount of substance expressed in yoctomole units

I stumbled upon a couple of papers where amounts were expressed in yoctomoles ([ymol], $\pu{10^{-24} mol}$) and I find it somewhat bothersome as 1 ymol would correspond to about 60% of atom/molecule/...
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### Could the loss of mass in the kilogram be due to oxidation?

I was wondering about this. I have heard, and known for a while, that the famous and celebrated Prototype Kilogram - the lump of metal whose mass is used to define the standard mass scale worldwide - ...
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### Does adding prefixes to SI units make them no longer SI units?

Our chemistry professor said that "mg for mass, g/m3 for density, ms for time are all SI units". I want to make sure now, even if we added a prefix to the unit, will it still be an SI unit?
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### Freundlich Equation's dimensions

So, we have the Freundlich's Isotherm equation as $\frac{x}{m} = kp^{\frac{1}n}$, where the LHS measures the extent of adsorption with the corresponding pressure $p$ in the RHS with the two constants, ...
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### TINKER molecular modeling extra forces - energy unit

I use the TINKER molecular modeling software package (version 7.1.2) for computational physical chemistry. There is an extra file (extra1.f) included for the user to edit and incorporate their own ...
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### What would be the unit for the calculation of the rate of reaction?

In a reaction between magnesium and hydrochloric acid, I measured the change in mass of the magnesium strip (Initial weight: 0.03g). I calculated the the time for the reaction to reach completion. A ...
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### When was the amu renamed the dalton? [closed]

I taught chemistry for 30 years and never encountered the unit until I saw it on a juice bottle!
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### What does 10 Vols mean?

I am currently working on a project and the protocol says the following, "Wash resin 3 times 10 vols of the extract buffer." This is very confusing to me and I am not exactly sure what the 10 vols ...
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### What does the word carat really mean?

For gold, the word carat defines its purity whereas in diamonds it indicates its weight. This seems inconsistent -- what does the unit 'carat' actually refer to?
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### Effects of Changing Avogadro's Constant

The Avogadro project suggests that we redefine the Avogadro constant to be equal to our best known estimate, $N_\mathrm{A} = 6.02214179 \times 10^{23}$, and redefine the kilogram based on the Avogadro ...
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### What's with the weird definition for the Calorie? [duplicate]

I came across this definition for the calorie, which I found... strange: "The (15°) calorie is the heat required to raise the temperature of one gram of water from 14.5°C to 15.5°C." Subsequent ...
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### Why a specific temperature for value of 1 calorie?

Everything in chemistry often comes with a strong reason and facts behind it, but I stuck in definition of $1$ calorie. My reference book define one calorie as amount of heat required to raise the ...
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### What is meaning of unit (mg-Pt/cm^2) in relation to fuel cells?

I do not understand what the meaning is of the unit mg-$\ce{Pt}$/cm$^2$ which I have come across in reading about the theory of fuel cells. In simple terms, what does this unit mean?
As established in a previous question, coordination compounds typically have a field split between the $\mathrm{t_{2g}}$ and the $\mathrm{e_g}$ d-orbitals. This energy difference can be explained ...
I'm trying to convert $\ce{CO2}$ ppm (volume) in the air into ppm (weight) in the water. I found this formula $\mathrm{mg \ m^{-3}}$ = (ppmv)(MW) / [($0.08205$) (¦$\mathrm{K}$)] where, ppmv = ...