# how would you measure the force that something exerts?

sort by: active | newest | oldest
Atul0094 years ago
Assuming you are talking about simple push or pull

for a falling body you can use F=ma taking acceleration is 9.8m/s2 to get a near by answer

for a push in any direction you can use any type of scale

for a force exerted by vehicle you can see speed of vehicle at different points to get accelaration(a)=speed2-speed1/time taken in change of speed and put value of a in F=ma

orksecurity6 years ago
What kind of "something", what is it exerting force upon, and what kind of force?

(Pressure/vacuum? Tension/traction/torsion? Gravitational? Magnetic? Electric? Jedi?)

The answer depends on what you're actually trying to measure.
LargeMouthBass6 years ago
You are kind of vague on exactly what your application is, but one easy way would be to use a scale.

If the force is pushing, arrange to have the force applied to a suitably sized scale like a food scale, bathroom scale, ect, depending on how large the force is.

If the force is pulling, use a fish scale. These are usually a spring scale with a hook that you hand the fish on.
Vyger6 years ago
Force equals Mass times acceleration. F=MA
steveastrouk6 years ago
Depends how much force, and how its exerted. You can do it electronically with a "force sensor", or you can measure how much a spring is deflected by the force - that's just two methods that springs to mind.