Sir Isaac NewtonThe newton is the basic SI unit for measuring force, called after Sir Isaac Newton.

Note: When we use the word 'Newton' to refer to the person, we use a capital 'N' - Sir Isaac Newton.

When we use the word 'newton' to refer to a force, we use a lower case 'n' - 1 newton of force.

The newton is the force that when it is applied to a mass of 1kg, will produce an acceleration of 1 metre per second per second (1 m/s/s or 1 m/s2)

You can read more about Newton's 3 Laws of Motion in the course glossary, and see here how these laws relate to vibrating machinery in the Small Plant Learning Unit.

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