International System of Quantities
The International System of Quantities (ISQ) is a system based on seven base quantities: length, mass, time, electric current, thermodynamic temperature, amount of substance, and luminous intensity. Other quantities such as area, pressure, and electrical resistance are derived from these base quantities by clear, noncontradictory equations. The ISQ defines the quantities that are measured with the SI units^{[1]} and also includes many other quantities in modern science and technology.^{[2]} The ISQ is defined in the international standard ISO/IEC 80000, and was finalised in 2009 with the publication of ISO 800001.^{[3]}
The 14 parts of ISO/IEC 80000 define quantities used in scientific disciplines such as mechanics (e.g., pressure), light, acoustics (e.g., sound pressure), electromagnetism, information technology (e.g., storage capacity), chemistry, mathematics (e.g., Fourier transform), and physiology.
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Base quantities
A base quantity is a physical quantity in a subset of a given system of quantities that is chosen by convention, where no quantity in the set can be expressed in terms of the others. The ISQ defines seven base quantities. The symbols for them, as for other quantities, are written in italics.^{[4]}
The dimension of a physical quantity does not include magnitude or units. The conventional symbolic representation of the dimension of a base quantity is a single uppercase letter in roman (upright) sansserif^{[5]} type.
Base quantity  Symbol for quantity^{[6]}  Symbol for dimension  SI unit  SI unit symbol^{[6]} 

length  metre  m  
mass  kilogram  kg  
time  second  s  
electric current  ampere  A  
thermodynamic temperature  kelvin  K  
amount of substance  mole  mol  
luminous intensity  candela  cd 
Derived quantities
A derived quantity is a quantity in a system of quantities that is a defined in terms of the base quantities of that system. The ISQ defines many derived quantities.
Dimensions of derived quantities
The conventional symbolic representation of the dimension of a derived quantity is the product of powers of the dimensions of the base quantities according to the definition of the derived quantity. The dimension of a quantity is denoted by , where the dimensional exponents are positive, negative, or zero. The symbol may be omitted if its exponent is zero. For example, in the ISQ, the quantity dimension of velocity is denoted . The following table lists some quantities defined by the ISQ.
A quantity of dimension one is historically known as a dimensionless quantity (a term that is still commonly used); all its dimensional exponents are zero and its dimension symbol is 1. Such a quantity can be regarded as a derived quantity in the form of the ratio of two quantities of the same dimension.
Derived quantity  Symbol for dimension 

plane angle  
solid angle  
frequency  
force  
pressure  
velocity  
area  
volume  
acceleration 
Logarithmic quantities
In the ISQ, the level of a quantity Q is defined as log_{r}(Q/Q_{0}), where r is a specified base and Q_{0} is a specified reference value of the quantity. An example of level is sound pressure level. All levels of the ISQ are derived quantities.
See also
References
 ^ "1.16". International vocabulary of metrology – Basic and general concepts and associated terms (VIM) (PDF) (3rd ed.). International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM):Joint Committee for Guides in Metrology. 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
 ^ ISO 800001 Quantities and units. Part 1: General (1st ed.). Switzerland: ISO (the International Organization for Standardization). 20091115. p. vi. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
 ^ S. V. Gupta, Units of Measurement: Past, Present and Future. International System of Units, p. 16, Springer, 2009 ISBN 3642007384.
 ^ ISO 800001:2009
 ^ The status of the requirement for sansserif is not as clear, since ISO 800001:2009 makes no mention of it ("The conventional symbolic representation of the dimension of a base quantity is a single upper case letter in roman (upright) type.") whereas the secondary source BIPM JCGM 200:2012 does ("The conventional symbolic representation of the dimension of a base quantity is a single upper case letter in roman (upright) sansserif type.").
 ^ ^{a} ^{b} The associated symbol and SI unit are given here for reference only; they do not form part of the ISQ.
Further reading
 B. N. Taylor, Ambler Thompson, International System of Units (SI), National Institute of Standards and Technology 2008 edition, ISBN 1437915582.
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Definition 
A quantity Q is expressed in the base quantities:


Derived dimension 
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Example 
Quantity acceleration = l^{1} · t^{−2}, dim acceleration = L^{1} · T^{−2}
possible units: m^{1} · s^{−2}, km^{1} · Ms^{−2}, etc. 
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