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4.9 Formatting SI Units

If you need to typeset numbers and units then I strongly recommend that you use the siunitx package. This section just provides a brief introduction to that package. You will need to read the siunitx package documentation [20] if you want further details.

\num{<number>}

This command typesets <number>, adding appropriate spacing between number groups where necessary. It also adds a leading zero if omitted before the decimal point and identifies exponents. Note that the command recognises both “.” and “,” as the decimal marker. If you want one of these characters between number groups (instead of the default space) you can change the settings, but it's best to stick to the default settings unless instructed to do otherwise.

Example:

Out of \num{12890} experiments, \num{1289} of them had a mean squared error of \num{.346} and \num{128} of them had a mean squared error of \num{1.23e-6}.

Result:

Image showing typeset output click here for a more detailed description.

\ang{<angle>}

This command typesets an angle. The argument <angle> may be a single number or three (some possibly empty) values separated by semi-colons.

Example:

The result formed an arc from \ang{45} to \ang{60;2;3}.

Result:

Image showing typeset output click here for a more detailed description.

\si{<unit>}

This command typesets a unit. The <unit> can be formed from commands like \metre, \gram, \second or \kilo. (See the siunitx documentation [20] for the full list.)

Example:

The distance was measured in \si{\kilo\metre} and the area in \si{\kilo\metre\squared}. The acceleration was given in \si{\metre\per\square\second}.

Result:

Image showing typeset output click here for a more detailed description.

\SI{<number>}{<unit>}

This combines the functionality of \num and \si so that you can typeset both a number and a unit.

Example:

The acceleration was approximately \SI{9.78}{\metre\per\square\second}.

Result:

Image showing typeset output click here for a more detailed description.


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