In article <39024EEA.40AF022B@colostate.edu>, Jeffrey Gauch <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: > Just one thing. The kilogram is about 1/10th of a Newton. If a Newton is too > small a kilogram is even smaller.
With the obvious standard of comparison (weight under Earth surface gravity), the kilogram is larger than the Newton.
1 kg ~= 9.8 Newtons
With my background in the U.S. system, I tend to think of a kilogram as about 2 pounds and a Newton as about a quarter pound when I want to visualize the respective quantities.
Perhaps you were thinking along the lines of:
F = m * g N = kg * 9.8 (questionable notation) Therefore a Newton is 9.8 kilograms. (fallacious) Therefore 9.8 Newtons is 1 kilogram. (correct)