Consider the following example.

I would like to use the \SI command from siunitx to type the following:




\noindent What I have:
What I would like:
  \num{6.67384(80)e-11}\,\si{\N\square} \cdot (\si{\m/\kg})^{2}



  • The current situatuion is that you can'd do this directly using the tools in the package. – Joseph Wright May 21 '13 at 14:32
  • Is the desired output consistent with SI's specifications? – egreg May 21 '13 at 14:33
  • @egreg I'm not sure. :( I just made the assumption that it is possible with siunitx, considering the versatility of the package. – Svend Tveskæg May 21 '13 at 14:39
  • @SvendTveskæg With respect to consistency, please have a look at "SI Unit rules and style conventions", available at physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/checklist.html. – user13907 May 21 '13 at 16:03
  • @Papiro Good point. Even though it seems it be against the rules and conventions, I would like to have it as explained. Can it be done with \SI? – Svend Tveskæg May 21 '13 at 16:07

I think, Joseph is wrong. You can do this very easily with siunitx, although it seems a bit unaesthetical:

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    I meant that you can't auto-format from \N\square\m\per\square\kg. – Joseph Wright May 21 '13 at 16:27
  • Even if there were some functionality involved, no software could completely auto-format out of this given input, because markup is missing. How should the software know, which units should be inside the brackets and which not? – Toscho May 21 '13 at 19:26
  • The question doesn't make it explicit, but I was working on the assumption that the brackets were meant to cover 'units raised to the same power'. – Joseph Wright May 21 '13 at 21:13
  • @JosephWright It is indeed meant to cover units raised to the same power. – Svend Tveskæg May 21 '13 at 22:08
  • @SvendTveskæg: What reason is there behind grouping units with the same power? It seems to me, that in general it's more important to have compound units with special meanings like m/s^2 or eV. Creating them is possible with SIunitx. In this example, there is only one caveat: What if you want that compound unit m/kg singularly and therefore without parentheses? – Toscho May 22 '13 at 6:33

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