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New Units for Old

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:


Name Phenomenon Units Base units
becquerel, Bq (radioactivity) $(\textrm{s}^{-1})$ $\textrm{s}^{-1}$
degrees Celsius, $^\circ$ C temperature (relative) $(\textrm{K}$) $\textrm{K}$
coulomb, C electrical charge ($\textrm{A s})$ $\textrm{A s}$
farad, F capacitance $\textrm{C V}^{-1}$ $\textrm{A}^2 \textrm{ kg}^{-1} \textrm{ m}^{-2} \textrm{ s}^4$
gray, Gy radiation dose (absorbed) $\textrm{J kg}^{-1}$ $\textrm{m}^2\textrm{ s}^{-2}$
henry, H inductance $\textrm{Wb A}^{-1}$ $\textrm{A}^{-2}\textrm{ kg m}^{2} \textrm{ s}^{-2}$
hertz, Hz frequency $(\textrm{s}^{-1})$ $\textrm{s}^{-1}$
joule, J energy $\textrm{N m}$ $\textrm{kg m}^2 \textrm{ s}^{-2}$
katal, kat catalytic activity $(\textrm{mol s}^{-1})$ $\textrm{mol s}^{-1}$
lumen, lm flux of light $\textrm{cd sr}$ $\textrm{cd m}^2 \textrm{ m}^{-2}$
lux, lx illuminance $(\textrm{cd sr m}^{-2})$ $\textrm{cd m}^2 \textrm{ m}^{-4}$
newton, N force $(\textrm{kg ms}^{-2})$ $\textrm{kg ms}^{-2}$
ohm, $\Omega$ resistance $\textrm{V A}^{-1}$ $\textrm{A}^{-2} \textrm{ kg m}^2 \textrm{ s}^{-3}$
pascal, Pa pressure $\textrm{N m}^{-2}$ $\textrm{kg m}^2 \textrm{ s}^{-2}$
radian, rad plane angle (dimensionless) $\textrm{m m}^{-1}$
siemens, S conductance $\textrm{A V}^{-1}$ $\textrm{A}^2 \textrm{ kg}^{-1} \textrm{ m}^{-2} \textrm{ s}^3$
sievert, Sv radiation dose (equivalent) $(\textrm{m}^2\textrm{ s}^{-2})$ $\textrm{m}^2\textrm{ s}^{-2}$
steradian, sr solid angle (dimensionless) $\textrm{m}^2 \textrm{ m}^{-2}$
tesla, T magnetic flux density $(\textrm{A}^{-1} \textrm{ m}^{-1} \textrm{ N})$ $\textrm{A}^{-1} \textrm{ kg s}^{-2}$
volt, V electrical potential $\textrm{W A}^{-1}$ $\textrm{A}^{-1} \textrm{ kg m}^2 \textrm{ s}^{-3}$
watt, W power $\textrm{J s}^{-1}$ $\textrm{kg m}^2 \textrm{ s}^{-3}$
weber, Wb magnetic flux $\textrm{V s}$ $\textrm{A}^{-1} \textrm{ kg m}^2 \textrm{ s}^{-2}$

(date sourced from the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures

Items in parenthesis () not present in original table