Well I'm studying for a physics test and I came across a problem, not a physics problem just a problem with numbers.

1^2= 1 but 0.1^2= 0.01 obviously
this is bothering me because 1cm x 1cm = 1cm but 0.01m x 0.01m = 0.0001m, even though 0.01m and 1 cm are equal.

I think I have to use SI units or it'll screw up my answer, but it seems like converting to SI screws it up even more.

I may have completely lost my mind since I have been studying for a while now, if anyone can help me please do even if the answer is ridiculously simple.
Last edited by snow blind at Feb 10, 2009,
you don't multiply units of distance together, that's why.

1cm x 1cm does not = 1cm, it equals 1cm squared, or a square of height 1cm and length 1 cm.
When multiplying distances to determine area you can't use decimal form for the reason you discovered above.
Quote by snow blind
1^2= 1 but 0.1^2= 0.01 obviously

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