In 1993 the federal government instituted a requirement that all room air conditioners sold in the United States must have an energy efficiency ratio (EER) of 10 or higher. The EER is defined as the ratio of the cooling capacity of the air conditioner, measured in Btu/h, to its electrical power requirement in watts.
(a) Convert the EER of 10.0 to dimensionless form, using the conversion 1 Btu = 1 055 J.
(b) What is the appropriate name for this dimensionless quantity?
(c) In the 1970s it was common to find room air conditioners with EERs of 5 or lower. Compare the operating costs for 10 000-Btu/h air conditioners with EERs of 5.00 and 10.0. Assume that each air conditioner operates for 1 500 h during the summer in a city where electricity costs 10.0¢ per kWh.

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