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Homework Help: Integrating with units

  1. Mar 7, 2010 #1
    hello, I'm new to the forums. Can someone help me with integrating kinematics problems? For example velocity= Be^(-rt), where B= 3.00 m/s and r=0.500 s^-1. i dont understand how the integral's unit becomes m (since the integral of velocity is displacement). someone help me! thanks
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  3. Mar 8, 2010 #2


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    You forgot the unit of "t". "rt" is a dimensionless number. Velocity has the unit of "m/s", and if you integrate in respect to "t" you have to multiply this unit by "s".
  4. Mar 8, 2010 #3


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    [tex]\int B e^{rt} \mathrm{d}t = \frac{B}{r} e^{rt}[/tex]
    On the left, you have B (m/s) times dt (s), giving units of meters; on the right, B (m/s) divided by r (1/s), again giving meters. As A.T. said, the exponential part is dimensionless.
  5. Mar 8, 2010 #4
    yes, i figured it out. "t" is in seconds which makes e^-rt dimensionless (since s^-1 * s = 1). thanks for the help.
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