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Units and tolerances


Remember how NASA slung a rocket straight into Mars because of a metric/imperial boo boo?

How about we don't do that again.

Resistors's resistances must be a resistance; whether 1.23Ω (option+Z on OSx), 1.23ohm, 4.56Kohm, 7.89Mohm or similar.

Any attribute of any block may have a unit attached written (without a space) after any number.

Unsurprisingly, caps capacitances need to be a capacitance; eg. 23.4uF, various limits in volts, amperes, degrees and so on.

Add units.


Another unfamiliar first-class language feature when dealing with the physical world is the ability (and generally requirement) to spec tolerances for attributes.

You could try find a 10kΩ resistor, but my money says you won't - it'll likely be at least 10kΩ +/- 0.1% (which you can write!)

Tolerances can be written in the forms of: - 1V to 2V - 3uF +/- 1uF - 4Kohm +/- 1%

These are hopefully sufficiently intuitive as to not warrant further explanation 🤞

Units and Tolerances

With Units and Tolerances together, we can define Physical attributes.

There's quite a few legal ways to combine them!

  • 3V to 3.6V perhaps for a supply rail
  • 3V +/- 10mV maybe for a reference
  • 4.7uF +/- 20% for a generic cap
  • even 25lb +/- 200g 🤣