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## Study Notes

### Dimensional Analysis

- Dimensional analysis is a technique used to solve problems in chemistry and everyday life by converting between different units of measurement.
- It allows us to convert a number from one unit to another unit, helping us to solve problems more efficiently and accurately.

### Conversion Factors

- A conversion factor is a relationship in the form of an equality, used to convert between different units of measurement.
- Examples of conversion factors include 7 days/1 week, 60 seconds/1 minute, and 12 inches/1 foot.
- Conversion factors can be written in different ways, but they must be equal to 1.

### Solving Problems with Dimensional Analysis

- To solve a problem using dimensional analysis, start with the quantity given, and set up a conversion factor (or multiple conversion factors) to solve the problem.
- Identify the known equalities and choose the correct conversion factor to use.
- Multiply the given quantity by the conversion factor, canceling out unwanted units, and arrive at the desired unit of measurement.

### One-Step Problems

- Solve the problem of converting 2.45 hours into minutes using the conversion factor 60 minutes/1 hour or 1 hour/60 minutes.
- Choose the correct conversion factor to get the desired unit of measurement.

### Multi-Step Problems

- Convert 2.3 miles into centimeters using multiple conversion factors: 1 mile = 5,280 feet, 1 foot = 12 inches, and 1 inch = 2.54 centimeters.
- Set up the problem by listing the conversion factors and using them to cancel out unwanted units, arriving at the desired unit of measurement.

### Tips and Tricks

- Always start with the quantity given and work from there.
- Choose the correct conversion factor to cancel out unwanted units and arrive at the desired unit of measurement.
- The order in which you multiply conversion factors does not matter, as long as you cancel out the correct units.
- Dimensional analysis can be used to solve a wide range of problems, from everyday applications to complex chemistry problems.

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## Description

Learn the technique of dimensional analysis, also known as the factor-label method, to solve problems in chemistry and everyday life. Convert numbers from one unit to another with ease.