# Scientific Measures

General Knowledge »**Scientific Measures**

**Ampere : **

Unit of electric current. It is approximately equal to the flow of 6 x 1018 electrons per second.

**Atomic Weight : **

The weight of an atom of hydrogen is taken as the standard; the respective weights of the atoms of all other substances are expressed in terms of it. So when it is stated that the atomic weight of iron is 56, it is meant that the atom of iron is 56 times as heavy as the atom of hydrogen.

**Angstrom : **

The unit of wavelength of light is Angstrom. 1 Angstrom = 10 – 8 cm. There is a bigger unit for measuring the wavelength of infrared light; it is called a milli – micron and is equal to 10 – 7 cm. Micron = 10 – 4 cm, is a still bigger unit. Bar is the unit of atmospheric pressure; one bar is equal to a pressure of 106 dynes per sq cm.

**Calory : **

Calory is the unit of heat. It is the amount of heat required to raise the temperature or one gram of water through 1 C.

**Horse Power : **

The practical unit of power – the power of an agent which can work at the rate of 550 foot – pounds per second or 33,000 foot – pounds per minute. 1 HP = 746 watts.

**Joule : **

Joule is the unit of work or energy. It is equal to 107 ergs. It is the energy consumed in one second in an electrical circuit through which a current energy of one ampere is flowing against a potential difference of one volt.

**Knot : **

Knot is a measure to know the speed of a ship.

**Light Year : **

A light year is the distance light travels in one mean solar year, at speed of 1,86,000 miles per second. It is equal to 5,880,000,000,000 miles. It is used as a unit for measuring stellar distances.

**Nautical Mile : **

A unit of distance used in navigation – one minute of longitude measured along the Equator. A Nautical Mile is approximately equal to 6, 080 feet.

**Pressure : **

The pressure is expressed in pounds weight per sq cm. The pressure of the atmosphere is expressed in millibars. One millibar = 1 dyne per sq cm. If the pressure are very high, they are expressed in multiples of atmospheric pressure. 1 atmosphere is a pressure exerted by a column of mercury 76 cm high at sea level and at a latitude of 45 .

**Quintal : **

Metric measure of weight; 100 kilograms = 1 quintal.

**Volt : **

The unit of potential difference. It is that much potential difference which when applied to the ends of an electrical conductor of resistance one ohm, the amount of energy consumed in the circuit in one second is one Joule ( = 107 ergs ).

**Watt : **

Unit of power – the rate of work done in joules per second; the energy expended per second by an unvarying electric current of 1 ampere.

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