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Okay, these are just from memory, I can't remember which one is which
Farad = F (Uncommon, only used in high capacity projects that require am extremely large amount of discharge)
Millifarad = uF, or mF (Can't remember)
Picofarad = pF
Microfarad = mF, or uF (Can't remember)
Those are the only units of measurement I can remember, at least the only ones you can find anyway.
Okay it's trying to tell me that uF is nanofarads, which doesn't make sense, because if I remember correct the uF marking is to distinguish between Micro and Milli Farads on the capacitor... now my head hurts...
im trying to make this you see **broken link removed** the LM555 - ASTABLE OSCILLATOR CALCULATOR
on the page, just trying to work out what capacitors i have, have 1,600 resistors hehe bought a pack, but only have limited types of capacitors
Most of the time capacitance is referenced to microfarads (uF)
1 microfarad =1 millionth of a farad = 1 uF = .000001 Farad
Then you have your nanofarads and picofarads too.
So when a circuit calls for .01 cap. it usually means .01 microfarad. (.00000001 uF)
Hope it helps a little
Thought I might just give you some info about prefixes of units. Sorry if this confuses any not so mathematically minded people.
I have use the ^ notation to indicate indices so 10^2 is 10 squared and 10^-3 is 10 to the power of -3.
100 000 000
100 000 000 000
*actually a u with long leading tail but can't get it to work on the forum. It is the lower case Greek letter Mu, which is the Greek equivalent of the English letter M.
to use the table just multiply your value by the corresponding multiplier to get it to non-scaled units.
So if you have a 20nF capacitor you also have a 0.00000002F or a 20x10^-9F capacitor (you can see why they use the short hand). Or if you have a 80mH inductor you also have a 80x10^-3H or a 0.08H inductor.
Most scientific calculators should also have a button called EXP or E or EE which makes this converting a whole lot easier.
Engineers almost always use indices to the power of 3 ie. milli, micro, mega, giga
Please correct me if I got anything wrong.
P.S. I did have a nice table but the forum didn't alow for anymore then 1 space between letters