What is the unit of force in CGS system ?

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Updated on: September 25th, 2023

(A) Newton

(B) Joule

(C) Pound

(D) Dyne

The unit of force in CGS system is Dyne. The status of the rest of a body is changed or likely to be changed by force. A force is a push or a pull applied to an item. The SI unit of newtons is used to measure force, and the symbol for force is F. The CGS system uses dynes as its unit of force.

Force in CGS System 

In 1873, the term dyne was first suggested for a CGS unit of force. 1 Newton = 105 Dynes.

A vector quantity is force. Force = Mass × Acceleration

A force’s magnitude often describes how strong it is. An object’s speed may fluctuate in response to the applied force. The SI unit of force is Newton. It bears Isaac Newton, a well-known scientist. The SI unit of energy is the joule. James Prescott Joule, a well-known English scientist, is honored by their name. Weight is measured in pounds.

Types of force

An object’s state of motion or dimensions can change as a result of force, a physical cause. Based on their uses, forces can be divided into two categories:

  • Contact forces are defined as forces that affect a body directly or indirectly through a medium.
  • Non-contact forces are those that operate through voids without coming into physical touch with the body.


What is the unit of force in CGS system? (A) Newton (B) Joule (C) Pound (D) Dyne

Dyne is the CGS system’s unit of force. Force is used to changing or is likely to change the status of the rest of a body. Force is a vector quantity where you need magnitude and direction. It is not a scalar quantity.

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