Implications of adopting plane angle as a base quantity in the SI
Abstract
The treatment of angles within the SI is anomalous compared with other quantities, and there is a case for removing this anomaly by declaring plane angle to be an additional base quantity within the system. It is shown that this could bring several benefits in terms of treating angle on an equal basis with other metrics, removing potentially harmful ambiguities, and bringing SI units more in line with concepts in basic physics, but at the expense of significant upheaval to familiar equations within mathematics and physics. This paper sets out the most important of these changes so that an alternative unit system containing angle as a base quantity can be seen in the round, irrespective of whether it is ever widely adopted. The alternative formulas and units can be treated as the underlying, more general equations of mathematical physics, independent of the units used for angle, which are conventionally simplified by implicitly assuming that the unit used for angle is the radian.
 Publication:

Metrologia
 Pub Date:
 June 2016
 DOI:
 10.1088/00261394/53/3/998
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1604.02373
 Bibcode:
 2016Metro..53..998Q
 Keywords:

 Physics  Data Analysis;
 Statistics and Probability;
 Physics  Classical Physics
 EPrint:
 9 pages