What is kg wt?

  1. i know its a unit for force... i'm intrigued by the relation 1kgwt=9.8N?

    by dimensional analysis

    L.H.s [M2L1T-2 {since wt=kgm/s2}
    R.H.S [M1L1T-2
    i understand i'm wrong somewhere, but i'm not able to figure it out, so pls help me :)

    Also how to get the relation between both.( think 9.8 is the contribution of 'g')
  2. jcsd
  3. D H

    Staff: Mentor

    You interpreted kg wt as mass*weight. A kilogram weight is a unit of force. Specifically, it is the force needed to make a mass of 1 kg accelerate by 9.80665 m/s2.
  4. yes

    and how to get the relation 1kgwt=9.8N mathematically.
  5. D H

    Staff: Mentor

    You can't derive it. The kilogram-force (sometimes called the kilogram-wt) is defined as the force needed to make a one kilogram of mass accelerate by 9.80665 m/s2.
  6. jack action

    jack action 892
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    1 kgwt means the "weight of a mass of 1 kg on earth". So:

    W = ma = (1 kg)(9.81 m/s²) = 9.81 N = 1 kgwt

    kgwt is an arbitrary defined unit for force, just like 1 lb = 4.448 N
  7. Thanks for ur explanation now i understand
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