I have a function giving me this:

(5 Coulomb)/(6 Second)

as output. I want this in decimal form and would like to have the variables taken off the end for unit analysis. How would I do this? I have tried NumberForm, but I think that the unassigned variables I am using for units are throwing it off.

EDIT: Here is what I have for code

In[1]: f[P_, V_] := P/V
In[2]: f[100 W, 120 V]
Out[2]:(5 Coulomb)/(6 Second)

I took your advice and put:

In[1]: f[P_, V_] := P/V
In[2]: f[100 W, 120 V]//N[#]&

And got:

Out[2]:(0.833333 Coulomb)/(Second)
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    $\begingroup$ N[(5 coulomb)/(6 second)] gives me (0.833333 coulomb)/second. You could add /. {coulomb -> 1, second -> 1} at the end to get rid of the coulomb and second. $\endgroup$
    – user484
    Jul 6, 2015 at 19:49
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    – bbgodfrey
    Jul 6, 2015 at 19:49
  • $\begingroup$ When I do Quantity[5, "Coulombs"]/Quantity[6, "Seconds"], then I don't get what you have. Could you make a small example and include code? More importantly, can you say what you mean by variables? I only see numbers and units.. $\endgroup$
    – halirutan
    Jul 6, 2015 at 19:50
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    $\begingroup$ You have asked the same exact question again only 8 min after this one: How do I extract variables from an expression. You should not spam the site with duplicate questions. $\endgroup$
    – MarcoB
    Jul 6, 2015 at 20:08
  • $\begingroup$ @MarcoB, read what I said in my post. I asked two separate questions, one per post, which is what you are supposed to do on StackExchange sites. One was about converting a number to decimal form and the other was about extracting units from an expression. $\endgroup$ Jul 6, 2015 at 20:13

1 Answer 1


To be a bit more systematic, I would suggest declaring the units you want to work with in a global variable, and then defining a function unitsToUnity that sets all of those units to unity as follows:

$myUnits = {Coulomb, Second};

unitsToUnity[expression_] := 
 expression /. Thread[$myUnits -> 1]

(5 Coulomb)/(6 Second) // unitsToUnity

(* ==> 5/6 *)
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, I guess I was unclear about what I was asking. I got an answer to this in another question; what I was really asking here was how to make sure my output was in decimal format instead of being given as a fraction. Rahul answered that for me in his comment above. $\endgroup$ Jul 7, 2015 at 17:10

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