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Physics is also known as the science of measurement. The quantities which are measurable in physics is known as physical quantity. Example: length, mass, time, force, etc. Physical quantities are divided into two groups:

1. Fundamental physical quantity
Certain physical quantities are selected independent of each other. These are called fundamental physical quantities. They are mass, length and time. The number of physical quantities depends upon the system of the unit.
2. Derived physical quantity
These are physical quantities which can be expressed by a proper combination of fundamental quantities.

Let us consider the velocity of a body. It is defined as the rate of change of displacement per unit time. It can be represented by the combination of length and time. Hence, it is a derived physical quantity. Other examples are Work, Energy, Power, etc.

#### Units

Unit is the standard quantity used in the measurement. First, a standard is selected and the physical quantity is compared with the standard which is the process of measurement.

### System of units

1. FPS System
Length – Foot (F)
Mass – Pound (P)
Time – Second (S)

1. CGS system
Length – centimeter (C)
Mass – Gram (G)
Time- Second (S)

1. MKS system
Length – meter (M)
Mass – Kilogram (K)
Time – Second (S)

1. SI system
Length – meter (M)
Mass – Kilogram (K)
Time – Second (S)
Amount of system – Mole (mol)
Temperature – Kelvin (K)
Luminous intensity – Candela(C)
Electric current – Ampere (A)

1. Supplementary units

#### Definitions of fundamental quantities

1. Kilogram
It is defined as the mass of the platinum-iridium cylinder kept at the International Bureau of Weights and Measurements in France.
2. Meter
It is defined as the distance traveled by light in $$\frac{1}{299792458}$$ seconds in the vacuum.
3. Second
It is defined as the 9192631770 periods of electromagnetic radiations emitted during a transition between two lower levels of Cesium-133 atoms.
4. Mole
It is the amount of substance that contains as much atoms/molecules as there are in 0.012 kg of C12.
5. Kelvin
It is $$\frac{1}{273.16}^\text{th}$$of a thermodynamic temperature of the triple point of water.
6. Candela
It is defined as the luminous intensity in a certain direction emitted by a source of electromagnetic radiation of 540 x 1012Hz that has intensity of$$\frac{1}{683}$$ watt per steradian in that direction.
7. Ampere
It is that constant current which when maintained in 2 parallel conductors of negligible cross-section and infinite length separated in the vacuum by a distance of 1m produces a force of 2 x 10-7N per meter on either way.
It is the angle between two radii of a circle that cuts an arc equal to the length of the radius on the circumference.
It is the angle subtended at the center of a sphere by an area equal to the square of the radius.

The quantities which are measurable in physics is known as physical quantity.

Certain physical quantities are selected  independent of each other. These are called fundamental physical quantities.

Kilogram is defined as the mass of the platinum-iridium cylinder kept at the International Bureau of Weights and Measurements in France.

Second  is defined as the 9192631770 periods of electromagnetic radiations emitted during a transition between two lower levels of Cesium-133.

Mole is the amount of substance that contains as much atoms/molecules as there are in 0.012 kg of C12.

Ampere is that constant current which when maintained in 2 parallel conductors of the negligible cross section and infinite length separated in vacuum by a distance of 1m produces a force of 2 x 10-7N per meter on either way.

Radian is the angle between two radii of a circle that cuts an arc equal to the length of the radius on the circumference.

Steradian is the angle subtended at the center of a sphere by an area equal to the square of the radius.

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• ### The quantity having wrong unit is ______.

stress/ strain = N/m2

surface tension = N/m

pressure = N/m2

energy = Kgm/s

H

Am-1

Am-2

Hm-1

• ### Which one of the following is supplementary units?

Electric current – Ampere (A)

Amount of system – Mole (mol)

Luminous intensity – Candela(C)

Minute

Degree

• ### Kilogram is defined as the mass of the ______ cylinder kept at the International Bureau of Weights and Measurements in France.

platinum-iridium

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