MAN Solaris - units (1)

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NAME

units - converts quantities expressed in standard scales to other scales

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Files
Attributes
See Also

SYNOPSIS

units

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DESCRIPTION

units converts quantities expressed in various standard scales to their equivalents in other scales. It works interactively in this fashion:

You have:~~inch
You want:~~cm
       * 2.540000e+00
/ 3.937008e-01

A quantity is specified as a multiplicative combination of units optionally preceded by a numeric multiplier. Powers are indicated by suffixed positive integers, division by the usual sign:

You have:~~15 lbs force/in2
You want:~~atm
       * 1.020689e+00
       / 9.797299e-01

units only does multiplicative scale changes; thus it can convert Kelvin to Rankine, but not Celsius to Fahrenheit. Most familiar units, abbreviations, and metric prefixes are recognized, together with a generous leavening of exotica and a few constants of nature including:

pi

ratio of circumference to diameter,

c

speed of light,

e

charge on an electron,

g

acceleration of gravity,

force

same as g,

mole

Avogadro’s number,

water

pressure head per unit height of water,

au

astronomical unit.

Pound is not recognized as a unit of mass; lb is. Compound names are run together, (for example, lightyear). British units that differ from their U.S. counterparts are prefixed thus: brgallon. For a complete list of units, type:

cat /usr/share/lib/unittab

FILES

/usr/share/lib/unittab

ATTRIBUTES

See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

ATTRIBUTE TYPEATTRIBUTE VALUE
AvailabilitySUNWesu

SEE ALSO

attributes(5)

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SunOS 5.11 units (1) 14 Sep 1992
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