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1. So here is the issue

Q1.
(a) x in mm
(b) l in mm
(c) (l+x)1/2 - l1/2 in m1/2

I understand why the units for part (c) are square rooted, but why have theychanged to metres when the other values (a) and (b) were millimetres in themark scheme?

Paper: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects...-PM2-JUN14.PDF
Mark scheme: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects...S-MS-JUN14.PDF

Any help greatly appreciated!
2. (Original post by Music With Rocks)
So here is the issue

Q1.
(a) x in mm
(b) l in mm
(c) (l+x)1/2 - l1/2 in m1/2

I understand why the units for part (c) are square rooted, but why have theychanged to metres when the other values (a) and (b) were millimetres in themark scheme?

Paper: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects...-PM2-JUN14.PDF
Mark scheme: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects...S-MS-JUN14.PDF

Any help greatly appreciated!
Because the SI base and derived units for frequency, time and length are Hz, seconds and metres.
3. (Original post by uberteknik)
Because the SI base and derived units for frequency, time and length are Hz, seconds and metres.
So it is because you are comparing it to Frequency that you have to use metres?
4. (Original post by uberteknik)
Because the SI base and derived units for frequency, time and length are Hz, seconds and metres.
I looked up what SI units are, I think I understand more. So for all tables in EMPAs SI units should be used? but not necessarily for the other questions?
5. (Original post by Music With Rocks)
So it is because you are comparing it to Frequency that you have to use metres?
Yes, because you can easily make mistakes and conversion errors when using the formula's without converting to standard units first.

For instance frequency = 1/wavelength

Using metres makes life easy.

Use mm and the answer will be x1000 in error, use cm and the answer will be x100 in error without using the correct conversion factor for each.
6. (Original post by uberteknik)
Yes, because you can easily make mistakes and conversion errors when using the formula's without converting to standard units first.

For instance frequency = 1/wavelength

Using metres makes life easy.

Use mm and the answer will be x1000 in error, use cm and the answer will be x100 in error without using the correct conversion factor for each.
Thank you for answering, that does seem to make sense.

(I tried to rate you but apparently I have done it too recently clearly you have been helping me a lot haha)

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