## List of problems to be solved using dimensional analysis

List of problems to be solved using dimensional analysis One must learn by doing the thing; for though you think you know it, you have
no certainty until you try.
Sophocles

DIMENSIONAL ANALYSIS PROBLEMS
1. We are moving away from some of our oldest units of weight and measures. But if your
elderly physician said, "Nothing to worry about. Just take two and a half scruples of aspirin
and call me in the morning.", you had better be able to determine the number of aspirin tables
you will need to swallow! How many aspirin tablets will you take if your over the counter
tablets contain five grains of aspirin?
ans: 10 aspirin tablets
2. A sample of gold has a mass of 1.245 kilograms. The price of gold is currently priced on the
New York futures market at \$6.41 per troy ounce. What is the value of the gold?
ans. \$ 256.58
3. A developer buys a some land that contains a woods. The property measures 100 rods by 50chains. The developer paid \$1,500,000 for this parcel of land. What was the cost per acre? ans: \$12,000 per acre
4. The price of gasoline this morning was \$1.99 We are planning a trip out east to visit ourdaughter, and we estimate the total distance roundtrip to be 2480 miles. What will thegasoline cost for the trip?The owner’s manual stated that our car gets 15 Km per liter.
ans. \$137
5. It is known that four hundred pounds of iron metal occupy a volume of 0.02234 cubic
meters. Calculate the cubic feet of iron in a statue that has been determined to contain 54.5
kilograms of iron.
ans. 0.23 ft3 of Fe
6. In the fall of 1999, 62 students enrolled in Dr. Fuller's CHEM 151 class at the College ofDuPage. Thirty-two percent of the students originally enrolled withdrew from his class beforethe end of the quarter. Of the remaining students, 26% received A's and 16% received B's. How http://www.cod.edu/dept/chem/POC/ProblHTM/DAPrbl.html List of problems to be solved using dimensional analysis ans. 11 students received A's
7. The density of carbon tetrachloride is 1.60 grams of carbon tetrachloride per cc of carbon
tetrachloride. What is its density expressed in tons per cubic yard?
ans. 1.35 Ton CCl4 per cubic yard
8. Olive oil has a density of 0.89 grams per mL. If a recipe calls for nine ounces of olive oil,
how many cups of olive oil are required in the recipe?
ans. 1.2 cups of olive oil
9. Bromine is used to make flame retardant plastics and cloth and to make photographic film.
The bromine used in making these and other products is obtained from concentrated brines.
Natural brines in Michigan and the Dead Sea contain up to 0.5% bromide (by mass) . Seawatercontains 0.0065 % bromide, the density of seawater is found to be 1.025 g/mL. How manygallons of seawater will contain 600 pounds of bromide, Br-? ans. 1.05 x 106 gallons
10. Suppose someone offered to give you a 2 gallon bucket filled with gold if you carry the
bucket of gold up a flight of stairs. But if you fail to carry the bucket up the flight of stairs, you
must stay in CHEM 151 forever. Would you accept the offer? The density of gold is 19.3 g/cc.
ans. 320 pounds of gold
11. Vanadium metal is added to steel to impart strength to the metal. Vanadium has a densityof 5.96 g/cm3. The metallurgist adds 580 pounds of vanadium of a batch of steel. Whatvolume, expressed in cubic feet, of vanadium was added to the batch of steel? ans. 1.56 cubic feet
12. How many rundlets are there in 0.25 ton of acetylsalicylic acid? In the land of Yor, the
density of acetylsalicylic acid is reported to be 1.28 scruples per mL.
ans. 2.0 Rundels
13. The futures market on May 19, 2003 listed the opening price of unleaded gasoline at
\$0.5462 per gallon. What is the value of a storage tank filled with unleaded gasoline? The
cylinder storage tank is 35 feet tall and 45 feet in diameter.
ans. \$ 2.3 x 105
14. A sample of milk is found to have arsenic at a concentration of 1.32 x 103 micrograms/mL.
What are the concentration in ounces per gallon?
ans. 0.00076
15. An average man requires about 200mg of riboflavin (vitamin B2) per day. How manytablespoons of cheese would a man have to eat each day if this was the only source ofriboflavin and if mozzarella cheese contained 5.5 mg. of riboflavin per gram? The density ofmozzarella cheese is 0.6893 grams per mL.
http://www.cod.edu/dept/chem/POC/ProblHTM/DAPrbl.html List of problems to be solved using dimensional analysis ans. 3.5
16. If one gram of silver can be converted into 400 square feet of mirrors, how thick is the
coating. The density of silver is 10.5 grams per cm3.
ans. 3.18 x 10-8
17. A child is to be given 1 teaspoon of Amoxil 3 times a day for twelve days. Amoxil is a semi-
synthetic antibiotic with a broad spectrum of bactericidal activity against both gram-positive
and gram-negative bacteria. Amoxil used orally and comes in bottles with either 100, 150, 225,
or 250 mL of Amoxil. As the physician, you will write the prescription to supply sufficient
Amoxil but no refills. What quantity will you prescribe and what size bottle should be used?
ans. 225 mL bottle
18. One serving of Frank's Quality Kraut Juice supplies 1800 MG of sodium. A single serving
of Frank's Quality Kraut Juice weighs 7.5 ounces. 100% of a persons daily value of sodium is
equivalent to 2,400 MG of sodium this value is based on a 2,000 calorie diet. How many cups
of Frank's Quality Kraut Juice would need to be consumed to supply 1500 MG of sodium. The
density of Frank's Quality Kraut Juice is 1.5 grams/mL.
ans. 3/4 of a Cup
19. Dr. Fuller does not drive over the speed limit 97.3% of the time. He figures he has about a
4% chance of being stopped if he is speeding and only about a 15% probability of not being
given a ticket when stoped by the police. For the last five years he has averaged about 1100
hours a year behind the wheel of his sports car, an old Toyota 1993 Paseo. Since a speeding
ticket cost roughly \$95 dollars. How much should he budget for tickets each year?
ans. \$95
20. An "acre foot" of water will cover an acre of land with a layer of water one foot deep. How
many tons are in a six "acre foot" of water?
ans. 8000 tons
21. In the settling of south central Louisiana, Cajun country, the principal means of
transportation was by waterway. It was necessary that all settlers have access to the waterway.
In the 1700's, the French measurement for land area was the arpent. The arpent is still used
today in French speaking sections of Canada and Louisiana. A Cajun would customarily own
about tw0 arpents of wetland with about sixty feet on the bayou. If the property was laid out in
rectangular lots, what was the length of the property? What is a bayou, an arpent, an ares?
ans. 1000 feet
22. The estimated quantity of recoverable crude oil form the field at Prudoe Bay in Alaska is1.53 x 109 cubic meters. What is this currnet potential value of the estimated crude oil? Thedensity of Prudoe Bay crude oil is 0.894 g/mL and crude oil is presently selling for \$35.89 abarrel.
ans. 3.45 x 1011
23. If a turtle travels 20 centimeters in one minute, how many furlongs would it travel in a http://www.cod.edu/dept/chem/POC/ProblHTM/DAPrbl.html List of problems to be solved using dimensional analysis 23. If a turtle travels 20 centimeters in one minute, how many furlongs would it travel in a
fortnight? Assume that the turtle rests 8 hours each day.
ans. 13 furlongs per fortnight
24. ."Excessive use of saccharin by anyone is ill-advised and should be actively discouraged."
This statement appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. It stated excessive use of
saccharin is generally considered to be drinking four or more artificially sweetened beverages
per day. Since a drink contains 80 MG of saccharin, how many 1/4 grain tablets of saccharine
would be equivalent to the four drinks?
ans. 22 Tablets
25. The American Cancer Society a few years ago ordered 40 billion units of interferon, at a
cost of \$2 million dollars, to use in studies on six types of cancer in 150 patients. A unit of
interferon on six types of cancer in 150 patients. A unit of interferon weighs one picogram.
That year 100 MG of interferon was produced from 31,000 liters of blood. At that rate
production, how many liters of blood did it take to supply the order for the A.C.S.?
ans. 12,400 Liters of Blood
26. If one troy ounce of silver can be converted into 400 square feet of mirrors, how thick is
the coating? The density of silver 10.5 grams per mL.
ans. 8x10-5 mm
27. Commercial solvents are commonly sold to merchants in 55-gallon drums. What is the
value of a 55-gallon drum, if the carbon tetrachloride can be resold for \$2.95 for a 250 mL
bottle? Carbon tetrachloride is 1.59 times as dense as water.
ans. \$ 2456 per drum of carbon tetrachloride
28. The diameter of metal wire is often referred to by its American wire gauge number. A 20-
gauge wire has a diameter of 0.03196 inches. How many meters of wire are present in a 3.0
pound spool of 20-gauge copper wire? The density of copper is 8.92 g per mL.
ans. 300 meters in a 3 pound spool
29. We are planning a trip out east to visit our daughter. The price of gasoline this morningwas \$1.999, and we estimate the total distance round trip to be 2480 miles. What will thegasoline cost for the trip? The owner's manual stated that our car should average 15 km perliter.
ans. \$110.69
30. OSHA has set an upper limit of 5 PPM, parts per million, of benzene, C6H6, to be
permitted in the atmosphere. Oxygenated gasoline at one time contained 20% by volume
benzene. How many mL of gasoline would have to evaporate in a room to produce 5 ppm?
Assume the room is 14 concrete blocks high and the floor is 59 tile long by 32 tile wide.
Benzene is a colorless liquid which has a density of 0.87845 gram per milliliter. Information:
ppm is equivalent to 1 MG per 1000 liter of air; tiles are twelve inch squares; concrete blocks
are about 8 inches high.
ans. 14.5-mL ( 0.987 ~ 1 tablespoon) of gasoline
31. A 1957 Chevy automobile averages 16.0 miles per gallon of gasoline. If a drop is a sphere of http://www.cod.edu/dept/chem/POC/ProblHTM/DAPrbl.html List of problems to be solved using dimensional analysis 31. A 1957 Chevy automobile averages 16.0 miles per gallon of gasoline. If a drop is a sphere of
radius 2.3 mm, how many drops of gasoline are needed in order to travel 1.25 kilometers?
ans. 11300 drops
32. This last spring I put an emergency submersible pump in our basement. To prepare the
dry lead storage battery for use, I bought some battery acid to be used for lead storage
batteries. The battery acid was 38% sulfuric acid and 62% water by mass according to the label
on the plastic container. How many grams of sulfuric acid were in the 2 quart container of
battery acid? The density of the battery acid was given as 1.285 g/mL.
ans. 950 grams of sulfuric acid
33. The Ardabil carpet was made in 1519-1540. The carpet is a British treasure and hangs in
the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The carpet is 10.5 meters by 5.33 meters and has
340 Persian knots per square inch. If a child worker could average tying 2 knots each minute,
how many working days would be necessary to make this carpet? There were no child working
laws in the 1500's and the children were worked 11 hours per day. The carpet was supposedly
completed in 415 days; how many workers would this have required?
ans. 27 workers
34. In late August 1996 people in Detroit traveled to Windsor, Canada to buy gasoline. Howmuch did a Detroit motorist save (in US dollars) when the motorist bought 15 gallons (US) ofgasoline? Unleaded gasoline sells for 30.3 cents (Can.)/liter in Canada and \$1.299 (US)/gallonin Detroit. The motorist drove an extra 4 miles each way to buy the unleaded gasoline. Assumethat the motorists car gets 19 miles per gallon for this city driving. It costs \$1.00 in tolls eachway to cross the river, payable on the side of origin in their currency. The rate of monetaryexchange was 21.00 equivalent to \$1.28 (Can.).
35. During the sweet corn season in 1988, the Fullers proposed freezing the sweet cornobtained from six bushels of sweet corn, eating the corn from an additional two bushels, andgiving three more bushel of sweet corn to their friends. The length of the garden could only besixty feet wide because they were raising hay that year in the adjacent field. Sweet cornproduces two ears of sweet corn per plant but the variety used, Illini Extra Sweet, did so onlyabout 80 percent of the time. The corn planter, their son, manually placed the seeds 16 inchesapart. The rows were 36 inches apart in order to use the rototiller for cultivating the soil. Anaverage bushel of sweet corn usually contains around six dozen ears. How many 60 foot rowsof corn were planted and what width had to be set aside for planting and growing the sweetcorn? 36. Cabot Chemical's chemical plant in Franklin, Louisiana converts natural gas to carbonblack. Carbon black is used as an ingredient in plastics, automobile tires, paints, inks, etc. Lastyear, the Franklin plant had the capacity to produce 230 million pounds of carbon black. Ittakes 16 tons of natural gas to produce 12 tons of carbon black. Tuesdays bid price for naturalgas on the New York Mercantile exchange was \$1,595 for 1 million BTU. Natural gas supplies1000 BTU's per cubic foot. At 60oFand one atmosphere pressure, 1000 cubic feet of naturalgas weights 42.25 pounds. If the plant is running at 50% of capacity, what investment innatural gas would have to be made to supply sufficient natural gas for one year? 37.TIME, October 28, 1991, page 79. A paragraph taken from a three page article in TIME
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