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Maylis

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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hello,

I am taking a fluid mechanics class right now, so I deal a lot with water flowing through a pipe, and equations involving the density of the fluid.

The problem is, that since I'm an engineering major, we use way too many english units. There is something inherent about non-SI units I believe that makes my calculations hard to follow, especially when dealing with the density of a fluid.

The book will randomly divide the density by the gravitational constant, and I am having trouble understanding why the gravitational constant is omitted sometimes and not omitted other times when doing calculations, and how I can keep it straight when to include or not include it.

For example, the equation p = ρgh. You end up dividing out the constant g.

Also, a kg m/s^2 is one Newton. Is a lb_m ft/s^2 a lb_f??

I am taking a fluid mechanics class right now, so I deal a lot with water flowing through a pipe, and equations involving the density of the fluid.

The problem is, that since I'm an engineering major, we use way too many english units. There is something inherent about non-SI units I believe that makes my calculations hard to follow, especially when dealing with the density of a fluid.

The book will randomly divide the density by the gravitational constant, and I am having trouble understanding why the gravitational constant is omitted sometimes and not omitted other times when doing calculations, and how I can keep it straight when to include or not include it.

For example, the equation p = ρgh. You end up dividing out the constant g.

Also, a kg m/s^2 is one Newton. Is a lb_m ft/s^2 a lb_f??