The newton (symbol: N) is the International System of Units
(SI) derived unit
. It is named after Isaac Newton
in recognition of his work on classical mechanics
, specifically Newton's second law of motion
See below for the conversion factors
''One newton is the force needed to accelerate
of mass at the rate of one metre per second squared
in the direction of the applied force.''
The units "metre per second squared" can be understood as change in velocity
per time, i.e. an increase of velocity by 1 metre per second every second.
In 1946, Conférence Générale des Poids et Mesures
(CGPM) Resolution 2 standardized the unit of force in the MKS system of units
to be the amount needed to accelerate 1 kilogram
of mass at the rate of 1 metre per second squared
. In 1948, the 9th CGPM Resolution 7 adopted the name ''newton'' for this force.
The MKS system then became the blueprint for today's SI system of units. The newton thus became the standard unit of force in the (SI), or International System of Units
In more formal terms, Newton's second law of motion
states that the force exerted on an object is directly proportional to the acceleration hence acquired by that object, namely:
where the proportionality constant
represents the mass
of the object undergoing an acceleration
. As a result, the ''newton'' may be defined in terms of kilograms
), and second
At average gravity on Earth
(conventionally, ), a kilogram mass exerts a force of about 9.8 newtons. An average-sized apple exerts about one newton of force, which we measure as the apple's weight.
: 1 N 0.10197 kg × 9.80665 m/s2
The weight of an average adult
exerts a force of about 608 N.
: 608 N 62 kg × 9.80665 m/s2
(where 62 kg is the world average adult mass).
Commonly seen as kilonewtons
It is common to see forces expressed in kilonewtons (kN), where . For example, the tractive effort
of a Class Y steam train locomotive
and the thrust
of an F100 jet engine
are both around 130 kN.
One kilonewton, 1 kN, is equivalent to , or about 100 kg of load under Earth gravity.
: 1 kN102 kg × 9.81 m/s2
So for example, a platform that shows it is rated at , will safely support a load.
Specifications in kilonewtons are common in safety specifications for:
* the holding values of fasteners
, Earth anchor
s, and other items used in the building
* working loads in tension
and in shear
* rock climbing
of rocket engine
s, Jet engine
s and launch vehicle
* clamping forces of the various moulds in injection-moulding machines used to manufacture plastic parts.
* Force gauge
* International System of Units
, SI unit of energy
, 1 newton exerted over a distance of 1 metre
, force exerted by Earth's gravity at sea level on one kilogram of mass
* Kip (unit)
, SI unit of pressure
, 1 newton acting on an area of 1 square metre
* Orders of magnitude (force)
* Pound (force)
* Newton metre
, SI unit of torque
Category:Units of force
Category:SI derived units