# Question #79a10

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#### Answer:

#### Explanation:

You could probably estimate the diameter of grain of *medium sand* to be equal to

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grain_size

http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2000/IlanaPrice.shtml

http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2003/MarinaTheodoris.shtml

To convert this value to *nanometers*, you first need to convert it to *centimeters* by using the following conversion factor

#"1 inch" = "2.54 cm"#

You know that a *meter* is equal to *nanometers*, and equal to *centimeters*, which means that you can go from *centimeters* to *nanometers* by using the conversion factor

#"1 cm" = 10^7"nm"#

The diameter of the grain of sand will be

#1/100color(red)(cancel(color(black)("in"))) * (2.54color(red)(cancel(color(black)("cm"))))/(1color(red)(cancel(color(black)("in")))) * (10^7"nm")/(1color(red)(cancel(color(black)("cm")))) = color(green)(2.54 * 10^5"nm")#

Notice that this is exactly what you get when you use

#1/100color(red)(cancel(color(black)("in"))) * (2.54color(red)(cancel(color(black)("cm"))))/(1color(red)(cancel(color(black)("in")))) * (1color(red)(cancel(color(black)("m"))))/(10^2color(red)(cancel(color(black)("cm")))) * (10^9"nm")/(1color(red)(cancel(color(black)("m")))) = color(green)(2.54 * 10^5"nm")#