Appendix B

Units: CGS-SI Interconversions

From time to time, probably all science students find themselves entangled in a problem of units. For those who have advanced through physical chemistry to the level of this book, these problems have obviously not been insurmountable. It is likely, however, that – along with feelings of frustration–these students have been left with the wish that everyone used the same units, specifically those units with which they are most comfortable. In response to the recognized need for uniformity, IUPAC recommends the use of Système international d’unités (International System of Units, SI) units, which are essentially standardized mks units.

The SI system is based on mutually consistent units assigned to the nine ...

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