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### What kind of unit is ohm-cm ?

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:47 am
Hi :)

When I use the units() method on the Ra (axial resistivity) it answers a unit combination I don't understand:

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``````oc>create soma
oc>units("Ra")
ohm-cm``````
Does it mean ohm/cm or ohm*cm ???

### Re: What kind of unit is ohm-cm ?

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:06 pm
It's ohm*cm. You get the total resistance of a piece of wire of length L and cross-sectional area A by

R total = Ra * L / A

Since R total is of dimension [resistance], Ra must have dimension [resistance * length].

hope this helps,
Robert

### Re: What kind of unit is ohm-cm ?

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:28 pm
Thanks a lot Robert. This is indeed very useful to me :)
I have not been able to find this information on the neuron website. Is it mentionned somewhere ?

### Re: What kind of unit is ohm-cm ?

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 2:49 pm
AGBX2 wrote:I have not been able to find this information on the neuron website. Is it mentionned somewhere ?
Introductory physics and electrical engineering texts, plus (according to google) on the order of 10^6 places on the web.

### Re: What kind of unit is ohm-cm ?

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:17 pm
ted wrote:
AGBX2 wrote:I have not been able to find this information on the neuron website. Is it mentionned somewhere ?
Introductory physics and electrical engineering texts, plus (according to google) on the order of 10^6 places on the web.
Sure and I use it. I was just a bit puzzled by the sign "-" bewteen ohm and cm which is a physical nonsens. A "." should have been clearer ;)

### Re: What kind of unit is ohm-cm ?

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:39 pm
AGBX2 wrote:I was just a bit puzzled by the sign "-" bewteen ohm and cm which is a physical nonsens. A "." should have been clearer
Really? Haven't seen that anywhere--can you point me to an example in the literature? Doesn't seem like a good idea; there's enough notational confusion already, given the existence of countless examples of compound units that employ or don't employ one or more hyphens, depending on the whim of an author or editor. Not to mention the naming conventions used in UNIX's units.dat file. None of this should be surprising, really, especially when one considers that "uniform orthography" itself is a relatively recent convention, and, in practice, not always so uniform.

### Re: What kind of unit is ohm-cm ?

Posted: Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:20 pm
I don't really understand the meaning of your answers. I just wanted to disambiguate the use of the substraction symbol and to be sure that it was a product. Is it a problem ?
(http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resistivite).