, Volume 16, Issue 8-9, pp 467-470
Date: 21 Jul 2011

The mole is not an ordinary measurement unit

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In this paper, it is argued that the SI system has not carefully enough taken into account the differences that exist between stoichiometry and physics, and because of this neglect forced the kind-of-quantity amount of substance into a false form. The mole is not a unit such as the metre, the kilogram, and the second. It is a “unit” only in the sense in which purely mathematical scaling factors can be called units.

Some notations in this article do not comply with usual ACQUAL rules. They have been admitted as the article provides a view on quantities and units from a quite different perspective.
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