What Unit Is Used to Measure Force?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 30, 2020 10:33:18 PM ET
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The unit that is used to measure force in the SI system of units is the Newton. One Newton is equal to 1 kilogram per meter squared. The standard symbol for Newton is N, and the unit is named after the physicist Isaac Newton, who derived the laws of motion.


In the cgs (centimeters grams seconds) system of units, the dyne is the unit used to measure force. One dyne is equal to 10^(-5) Newton. Other units that can be used to measure force include the pound-force and the kilopond. One pound-force is equal to 4.45 Newton. One kilopond is equal to 9.81 Newton.