Template:GravEngAbs

Three approaches to units of mass and force or weight[1][2]
Base Force Weight Mass
2nd law of motion m = F/a F = Wa/g F = ma
System BG GM EE M AE CGS MTS SI
Acceleration (a) ft/s2 m/s2 ft/s2 m/s2 ft/s2 Gal m/s2 m/s2
Mass (m) slug hyl pound-mass kilogram pound gram tonne kilogram
Force (F),
weight (W)
pound kilopond pound-force kilopond poundal dyne sthène newton
Pressure (p) pounds per square inch technical atmosphere pounds-force per square inch atmosphere poundals per square foot barye pieze pascal
  1. ^ Comings, E. W. (1940). "English Engineering Units and Their Dimensions". Industrial & Engineering Chemistry. 32 (7): 984–987. doi:10.1021/ie50367a028.
  2. ^ Klinkenberg, Adrian (1969). "The American Engineering System of Units and Its Dimensional Constant gc". Industrial & Engineering Chemistry. 61 (4): 53–59. doi:10.1021/ie50712a010.
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UsageEdit

Table of the three approaches to mass, force and weight in measurement systems.

Template parameters

ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
Systems to showsystem

This parameter allows to restrict the table to either ‘metric’ or ‘English’ units, ‘both’ are shown by default.

Default
both
Example
English, FPS, US, SI, metric
Lineoptional
Show unit symbolssymbols

This parameter if set to anything replaces the unit names by their symbols.

Example
on, yes, true, 1
Lineoptional

See the /testcases subpage for the results of the system parameter.

LabelsEdit

System namesEdit

abbreviation name
BG British Gravitational System
GM Gravitational metric system
EE English Engineering Units
M Metric system
AE Absolute English System
CGS centimetre–gram–second system of units
MTS metre–tonne–second system of units
SI International System of Units (French: Système international)

Previous, inappropriate designationsEdit

mass force weight
science engineering
scientific technical colloquial
absolute gravitational
coherent incoherent

The template table previously included rows that provided common labels or descriptions for the three approaches, as seen in this table. (Note that columns are not in the same order as in the template itself.) This was deemed inappropriate and should be discussed in surrounding prose where necessary.