Force Conversion Calculator
Use this conversion tool to convert units of force. Enter the force value and select the units you're converting from and the units you're converting to. Click the Calculate button.
How to Convert Units of Force
Conversions are performed by using a conversion factor. By knowing the conversion factor, converting between units can become a simple multiplication problem:
S * C = E
Where S is our starting value, C is our conversion factor, and E is our end converted result.
To simply convert from any unit into newtons, for example, from 20 kilogram-force, just multiply by the conversion value in the right column in the table below.
20 kgf * 9.80665 [ (N) / (kgf) ] = 196.133 N
To convert from N into units in the left column divide by the value in the right column or, multiply by the reciprocal, 1/x.
196.133 N / 9.80665 [ (N) / (kgf) ] = 20 kgf
To convert among any units in the left column, say from A to B, you can multiply by the factor for A to convert A into Newtons then divide by the factor for B to convert out of Newtons. Or, you can find the single factor you need by dividing the A factor by the B factor.
For example, to convert from kilogram-force to ounce-force you would multiply by 9.80665 then divide by 0.2780139. Or, multiply by 9.80665/0.2780139 = 35.2739557. So, to convert directly from kgf to ozf, you multiply by 35.2739557.
( m/s2 or m/(s·s) )
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References/ Further Reading
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - The NIST Guide for the use of the International System of Units - Appendix B, subsections B.8 Factors for Units Listed Alphabetically and B.9 Factors for units listed by kind of quantity or field of science.
Lide, David R., Daniel (Editor-in-Chief). CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 89th Edition New York, NY: CRC Press, p. 1-28, 2008.
Wikipedia contributors. "Conversion of units" Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, last visited 26 Jun. 2011.
How Many? A dictionary of units of measurement at http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/
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