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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Fundamental and Derived Units

The units of length, mass and time are called the fundamental units. These are so named because they cannot be derived from one another. Moreover, they cannot be resolved into anything more fundamental.
The units of other physical quantities which can be obtained with the help of the fundamental units are called Derived units. For example, we select meter as the unit of length, then the unit of area is square meter which is a derived unit. The unit of velocity is also a derived unit which contains the units of length and time.

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