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Setting c=1, how does that work?

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Homework Statement


In the usual units where c=3x10^8 m/s and g=10m/s², what is g in the units where c=1?

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I said, let's redefine the meter like so: [itex]\tilde{m}:=3\times 10^8 m[/itex] so that now [itex]c=1\tilde{m}/s[/itex]. And then I calculated g by substituting m for [itex](3\times 10^8)^{-1}\tilde{m}[/itex]... but is this what the question is asking? Because I might as well have chosen to derefine the seconds and since it is s² that pops in in the units of g, the answer would have been different. And the question seems to talk like there is only one answer: "what is g in the units where c=1?"
 

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arildno
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The question is, indeed, ill-posed.
Perhaps you are meant to use a standard meter as your new length scale as well, but who knows?
Perhaps you are meant to use the second as your new time scale..
 
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George Jones
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In the context of interstellar travel with g = 1, it is often convenient to use years and lightyears, and g then also has a fairly nice value.
 
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Eeh, you meant c=1, George?
Of course using both c=1 and g=1 make those two values very nice, indeed..
 
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George Jones
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Eeh, you meant c=1, George?
Of course using both c=1 and g=1 make those two values very nice, indeed..
Yikes!

Instead of "with g = 1", I meant "with proper acceleration a = g".

Thanks arildno.
 
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Meir Achuz
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c=1 LY/Y, as any reader of the New York Times knows.
Just calculate g in LY/Y^2. That proves that God exists,
and God is 1.
 
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