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Some important conversions and physical constants

Some Important Conversions

  • 1 bar = 106 dyne/cm2 = 105 Nm-2 = 105 pascal
  • 76 cm of Hg = 1.013×106 dyne/cm2 = 1.013×105 pascal = 1.013 bar.
  • 1 toricelli or torr = 1 mm of Hg = 1.333×103 dyne/cm2 = 1.333 millibar.
  • 1 kmph = 5/18 ms-1
  • 1 dyne = 10-5 N,
  • 1 H.P = 746 watt
  • 1 kilowatt hour = 36×105 J
  • 1 kgwt = g newton
  • 1 calorie = 4.2 joule
  • 1 electron volt = 1.602×10-19 joule
  • 1 erg = 10-7 joule

Some Important Physical Constants

  • Velocity of light in vacuum (c) = 3 × 108 ms-1
  • Velocity of sound in air at STP = 331 ms-1
  • Acceleration due to gravity (g) = 9.81 ms-2
  • Avogadro number (N) = 6.023 × 1023/mol
  • Density of water at 4oC = 1000 kgm-3 or 1 g/cc.
  • Absolute zero = -273.15oC or 0 K
  • Atomic mass unit = 1.66 × 10-27 kg
  • Quantum of charge (e) = 1.602 × 10-19 C
  • Stefan’s constant = 5.67 × 10–8 W/m2/K4
  • Boltzmann’s constant (K) = 1.381 × 10-23 JK-1
  • One atmosphere = 76 cm Hg = 1.013 × 105 Pa
  • Mechanical equivalent of heat (J) = 4.186 J/cal
  • Planck’s constant (h) = 6.626 × 10-34 Js
  • Universal gas constant (R) = 8.314 J/mol–K
  • Permeability of free space () = 4π × 10-7 Hm-1
  • Permittivity of free space () = 8.854 × 10-12 Fm-1
  • The density of air at S.T.P. = 1.293 kg m-3
  • Universal gravitational constant = 6.67 × 10-11 Nm2kg-2

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