All other physical units can be derived from these base units: these are known as SI derived units. Derivation is by dimensional analysis. Use SI prefixes to abbreviate long numbers.
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2 Mass (m)
3 Time (t)
4 Electric current (I)
5 Thermodynamic temperature (T)
6 Amount of substance (n)
7 Luminous Intensity (I)
One kilogram is defined to be the mass of a specific cylinder of platinum-iridium alloy, kept at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (near Paris). There is an ongoing effort to introduce a definition by way of fundamental or atomic constants.
One second is defined as the time required for 9192631770 cycles of the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of caesium 133. This definition was adopted in 1967.
The ampere is that constant current which, if maintained in two straight parallel conductors of infinite length, of negligible circular cross-section, and placed 1 meter apart in vacuum, would produce between these conductors a force equal to 2 x 10-7 newton per metre of length.
The candela is the luminous intensity, in a given direction, of a source that emits monochromatic radiation of frequency 540 x 1012 hertz and that has a radiant intensity in that direction of 1/683 watt per steradian.