Definition:SI Units

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Definition

The SI Units are the elements of the International System of Units.


SI Base Units

SI base units
Name Unit symbol Dimension Symbol
metre $\mathrm m$ Length $l$
kilogram $\mathrm {kg}$ Mass $m$
second $\mathrm s$ Time $t$
ampere $\mathrm A$ Electric Current $I$
kelvin $\mathrm K$ Temperature $T$
candela $\mathrm {cd}$ Luminous Intensity $I_v$
mole $\mathrm {mol}$ Amount of Substance $n$


SI Derived Units

The units derived from the SI base units include the following:


Also see


Historical Note

The SI units originated in the work done by Joseph Louis Lagrange to establish a decimal system for weights and measures.


Linguistic Note

The abbreviation SI in the term SI units is from the French Le Système International d'Unités (the International System of Units).