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1.2: Dimensional Analysis

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  • Part A – Dimensional Analysis Strategy

    In chemistry, many calculations rely on the units used to express the quantities. Many of the problems you see will utilize a process termed dimensional analysis, or the factor-based method. Dimensional analysis involves adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying units just as you would real numbers. When using dimensional analysis, we ‘cancel’ units to guide the problem solving strategy.

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