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An often cited example of the importance of getting units correct in design calculations is the [[[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Climate_Orbiter | Mars Climate Orbiter]]. The orbiter got too close to the planet, causing it to pass through the upper atmosphere and disintegrate. The problem was that computer software produced an output in non-SI units of pound-seconds (lbf×s) instead of the metric units of newton-seconds (N×s) specified in the contract between NASA and Lockheed.
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An often cited example of the importance of getting units correct in design calculations is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Climate_Orbiter | Mars Climate Orbiter]]. The orbiter got too close to the planet, causing it to pass through the upper atmosphere and disintegrate. The problem was that computer software produced an output in non-SI units of pound-seconds (lbf×s) instead of the metric units of newton-seconds (N×s) specified in the contract between NASA and Lockheed.
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* [[Attach:Mathcad_units_solution.pdf | Mathcad Units Worksheet Solution (pdf)]]
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* [[Attach:mathcad_units.zip|Mathcad Units Worksheet (xmcd)
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* [[Attach:mathcad_units.zip | Mathcad Units Worksheet (xmcd)]]
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(:title Unit Conversions in Mathcad:)
(:keywords unit conversion, Mathcad, university course:)
(:description Unit Conversions in Mathcad - Problem-Solving Techniques for Chemical Engineers at Brigham Young University:)

An often cited example of the importance of getting units correct in design calculations is the [[[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Climate_Orbiter | Mars Climate Orbiter]]. The orbiter got too close to the planet, causing it to pass through the upper atmosphere and disintegrate. The problem was that computer software produced an output in non-SI units of pound-seconds (lbf×s) instead of the metric units of newton-seconds (N×s) specified in the contract between NASA and Lockheed.

In future missions problems with units have been addressed. Imagine attempting to perform a fully automated landing on Mars when the software is using miles instead of kilometers. How would this impact the final result?

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Mathcad is a tool to arrange, calculate, and visualize engineering calculations and units can be a part of each number or equation. Use the following worksheet to step through example problems related to using units effectively in a Mathcad worksheet.

* [[Attach:mathcad_units.zip|Mathcad Units Worksheet (xmcd)
* [[Attach:Mathcad_units.pdf | Mathcad Units Worksheet (pdf)]]

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