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  1. Mar 20, 2010 #1
    m=F/a
    then is mass measured in kg or g.
    Thanks
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 20, 2010 #2
    Either will do but today's standard is the kilogram.

    The scientific world uses the MKS system - metre, kilogram, second.

    If you use the kilogram the force is measured in Newtons and the acceleration in metres per (second) 2
     
  4. Mar 20, 2010 #3

    rock.freak667

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    SI unit for mass is kilogram (kg), which is the same as 103 grams

    1kg = 103 g.


    I hope you didn't mean g as in acceleration due to gravity.
     
  5. Mar 20, 2010 #4
    Thanks guys
     
  6. Mar 20, 2010 #5
    You need compatable units. If force is given in Newtons, acceleration should usually be given in meters per second squared. With these units of force and acceleration the value you get for the mass is in kilograms.
     
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