How to write units

Units named after people.

The person's name starts with a capital letter.

The unit starts with a small letter

the abbreviation of the unit starts with a capital letter


Isaac Newton, force unit newton, abbreviation N

Blaise Pascal, pressure unit pascal, abbreviation Pa


You can write a unit in different forms

Newton's second law F = ma

Force in newtons equals mass times acceleration

so N = kg m/s^2

so the unit of the newton is also a kg m/s^2





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10 October 2005