newton (N)

  

Definition

Metric unit of force, used also as a unit of weight (force due to gravity). One newton is defined as the force that will accelerate a mass of one kilogram at the rate of one meter per second per second, it equals about 0.22 pounds or 0.10 kilograms of force, 7.23 poundals, or 105 dynes. Named after the UK scientist Sir Issac Newton (1642-1727).

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  • John tried to install a new hydraulic in his mother's wheelchair, but when he went to use it he found out that the hydraulic was rated for too many Newtons.

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  • While force is measured in newtons, work is defined as the force necessary to move a mass multiplied by the distance the mass is moved.

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  • The researchers estimated the amount of force being applied by the assembly systems, but they were all off in the measurements by more than a few newtons.

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