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What unit of measure is this

  1. Jan 11, 2007 #1
    1.A concrete column has a diameter of 350mm and a length of 2m. If the density (mass/volume) of concrete is [tex] 2.45\frac{Mg}{m^3}[/tex] determine the weight of the column in pounds

    The answer is given as 1.04 kip: What is or what unit of measure is a kip?
     
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  3. Jan 11, 2007 #2

    radou

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    This should come in handy: http://www.physics.nist.gov/Pubs/SP811/appenB8.html.
     
  4. Jan 11, 2007 #3

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    A google search tells me: A kip is "A unit of weight equal to 1,000 pounds (455 kilograms)" http://www.answers.com/topic/kip

    Edit: radou beat me to it!
     
  5. Jan 11, 2007 #4
    Thank you I was editing my post and you answered it!
     
  6. Jan 11, 2007 #5

    HallsofIvy

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    The problem says "determine the weight of the column in pounds" and then gives the answer in kip?
     
  7. Jan 11, 2007 #6

    chroot

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    Apparently, "kip" means "kilo-pound." I consider the whole thing to be an egregious abuse of notation.

    - Warren
     
  8. Jan 11, 2007 #7

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    I agree, I wasn't aware that metric prefixes were used with imperial units. I've never seen this before!
     
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