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for newton's laws, do you refer to acceleration as m/s^2 or N/kg?
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for newton's laws, do you refer to acceleration as m/s^2 or N/kg?
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AyyRamz_3Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
don't you use N/kg for gravity also?
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VeritasVosLiberabitBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
yes gravity is just a special type of acceleration.
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AyyRamz_3Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
so in newton's laws, you go for a=N/kg instead the m/s^2?
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VeritasVosLiberabitBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
yes because m/s^2 is just units. whereas N/kg is actually a variable representation of acceleration.
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AyyRamz_3Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
is 1 N/kg equal to 1 m/s^2?
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VeritasVosLiberabitBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
wait actually I'm sorry for some reason I was thinking F/m. both are units that mean the same thing.
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VeritasVosLiberabitBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
so really use can use either to represent accleration, but typically we use m/s^2 to represent acceleration.
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VeritasVosLiberabitBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
For Newtons second law the units would be m/s^2
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VeritasVosLiberabitBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
is this for a homework question or are you just trying to understand units better?
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AyyRamz_3Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
understanding the units, because im not sure what units to put after i find the acceleration?
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VeritasVosLiberabitBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
N/kg is odd, butt yes it means the same thing.
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VeritasVosLiberabitBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
think about velocities unites, we use m/s for velocity, so to keep it consistent use m/s^2 for acceleration.
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AyyRamz_3Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
alright!thank you and do you know what 1 newton is equivalent to?:s
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VeritasVosLiberabitBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
yes one newton = (kgm)/s^2
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VeritasVosLiberabitBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
no problem.
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MashyBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
See if you look at g as acceleration due to gravity.. then you normally use m/s^2.. cause even if its acceleration due to gravity.. its none the less acceleration and that has to be its SI units.. However.. there is another TOTALLY DIFFERENT way to look at g.. and that is called as gravitational field intensity.. .meaning.. how strong is the field of gravity due to earth (or for that matter any mass).. when you mean THAT way.. you usually say g = N/kg.. meaning you are saying.. how much force a UNIT mass would experience in a gravitational field... so bottom line if i said g = 9.8m/s^2... it basically says how much acceleration i would get at that point .. if i said g = 9.8 N/kg.. it means how much force is experienced by a unit mass kept at that point.. so even though they have the same physical dimensions.. they are two VERY different concepts!! and hence we use those different units!
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VincentLyon.FrBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
First thing: there is no difference between N/kg and m/s², so both are ok. Acceleration is a kinematic concept in the first place. So it is more logical to use m/s² Even if N's 2nd law did not exist, and the unit newton had not been defined, you could still work with accelerations in m/s². When you first encounter g, it is seen as the ratio of a force by a mass as you hang a mass on a spring, so it is logical to use N/kg to define it. But then you realise an object in free fall has an acceleration equal to g as well, and then the natural unit becomes m/s². It is the same with other quantities, and it is sometimes a cultural point of view. In France, all electric fields are given in V/m, but I think I have seen a different (but same) unit on this forum, though I cannot remember which one it was, maybe N/C.
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