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RE: Re: Physical Constants package

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  • Subject: [mg46969] RE: [mg46954] Re: Physical Constants package
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 01:24:54 -0500 (EST)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at


You may wish to try out the V4ExtendUnits and V4ReducedUnits package at my
web site below. It allows you to install your own units, such as Hartree,
and it allows you to setup reduced unit systems where certain physical
constants are equal to 1 and then freely convert from and to standard units.

But on your second question: all you have to do is to Convert to 1.

Convert[%, 1]


0.39789711297139907/(Meter^3*(Kilogram/(Joule*Second^2))^(3/2)) // ToUnit[1]

To install and use Hartree as a unit...

InstallNewUnit[Hartree -> 27.211 ElectronVolt]

50 Erg // ToUnit[Hartree]

20Hartree // ToUnit[Rydberg]
39.9989 Rydberg

To install atomic units...

e = ElectronCharge;
me = ElectronMass;
a0 = BohrRadius;
\[HBar] = PlanckConstantReduced;

SetupReducedUnits[{\[HBar], a0, me, e}, {Kelvin}]
{Ampere -> 150.97490094886209,
  Kilogram -> 1.0977693252662292*^30,
  Meter -> 1.889726133921251*^10,
  Second -> 4.134137333612569*^16}

SpeedOfLight // ReducedUnits

En == (1/2)*(\[HBar]^2/(me*a0^2))*(Z^2/n^2)//ReducedUnits
En == 0.5*Z^2/n^2

50Erg // ReducedUnits
ReducedEquivalent[%, 1, Meter]
60.689 Meter

David Park
djmp at

From: Curt Fischer [mailto:crf3 at]
To: mathgroup at

On a sort-of related note, does anyone know when quantum chemistry units
(energy in Hartrees, distance is Bohrs, etc) will find there way into the
Miscellaneous`Units` package?

Also, is there any good way to get Mathematica to simplify expressions such
0.39789711297139907/(Meter^3*(Kilogram/(Joule*Second^2))^(3/2))?  Plain
inspection shows that the units all cancel out, but the Miscellaneous`Units`
package doesn't do the job.  In general, the problem seems to be with units
to some non-integer power.

Curt Fischer

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