# Understanding Newton Force: Real World Examples

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• Luja
Please, see:https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/friction-coefficients-d_778.htmlTaking two of the values given in that link as example:If you could have a block of glass on a horizontal glass surface, you will need to exert a horizontal force approximately equal to the 68% of the block's weight to initiate a sliding movement, and about 53% to keep it sliding at constant speed.That's an interesting bit of info. The 'amount' of force is not a very useful quantity in a general dynamic situation. To get any idea of the situation, either the time that the force is applied for or the distance it's applied over is essential knowledge.f

#### Luja

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Can someone help me get a better perspective on newtons
I would just like to get a perspective on how much is an x amount of Newtons, like in real world examples.
I know everyone says 100N is about equal to the force of a 10kg object being set on you, but this example really only gives perspective on downwards force.

For example I calculated the force that would be applied to your legs if you jump out of a plane, but I relised the result didn't give me a real perspective on how that would effect a human.

Maybe this is a somewhat uninteresting question but I would really like to understand the answers to my equations just a bit better

Summary: Can someone help me get a better perspective on Newtons

I know everyone says 100N is about equal to the force of a 10kg object being set on you, but this example really only gives perspective on downwards force.
"everyone" making that statement would be having their sloppy hat on. 9.81 N/kg only applies for an object at rest and on Earth (+/- a bit, depending on where you are). That 9.81 N/kg would also be experienced in a space ship, in deep space, accelerating at 9.81m/s2. The two perceived forces are totally equivalent - there would be no way of distinguishing between them if the spacecraft had no windows.

The actual (perceived) force on your legs would depend on how fast. you were falling - starting with zero on exit. Also, you would not notice any force on your legs, once you were no longer standing in the aircraft. The aerodynamic forces, once you are falling, would be very hard to calculate because they would depend on the areas of your various bits - too hard for a swift calculation.

Lnewqban
Welcome!
Could you give us examples of "feeling" or perspective on forces in situations other than the more common downwards force?

Welcome!
Could you give us examples of "feeling" or perspective on forces in situations other than the more common downwards force?
I guess being punched would be the best example of a non-downwards force that people can feel. I think an average punch by an amateur boxer is around 700N if that helps in any way

I guess being punched would be the best example of a non-downwards force that people can feel. I think an average punch by an amateur boxer is around 700N if that helps in any way
And I just relised I may have given myself an answear to my own question, sorry for the waste of time

I guess being punched would be the best example of a non-downwards force that people can feel. I think an average punch by an amateur boxer is around 700N if that helps in any way
The punch introduces the collision factor, which can distort your "feeling" on the magnitude of the force.

I would recommend experimenting with pulling or pushing several objects on horizontal surfaces, about which you know the weight and static and kinematic coefficients of friction.