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What is a square force?

An engineering statics textbook I'm reviewing says N x N = N^2.

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What is a square force?

An engineering statics textbook I'm reviewing says N x N = N^2.

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Stephen Tashi

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The interpretation of units of measure depends upon the interpretation of the equations or expressions where they occur. Without some context for its use, a unit like newtons^2 doesn't have a particular interpretation. Do you have a particular application where newtons^2 occurs in an equation?What is a square force?

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With no context, it's hard to make a statement on the significance of the units.

One example I'm familiar with: Specific energy (per unit of mass) is measured in m^2/sec^2. The units don't mean a whole lot until you multiply your specific energy by your mass to get your energy in Joules. But, specific energy can still be pretty handy value to compare (or generalize) some things.

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