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# Newton metre

Newton metre is the unit of moment (torque) in the SI system. The symbolic form is N m or N·m, and sometimes hyphenated newton-metre. It is a compound unit of torque corresponding to the torque from a force of one newton applied over a distance arm of one metre.

### Additional recommended knowledge

While a newton metre is dimensionally equivalent to a joule, the SI unit of energy and work, in a newton metre, the force and the distance arm are normal to each other, while in the joule, force and distance are co-linear. Another fundamental difference between the two is the fact that work is a scalar quantity, expressed as dU=Fdr, whereas the moment of a force or torque is defined as a cross product and as such is a vector quantity.

## Conversion factors

• 1 joule = 1 N·m
• 1 newton metre = 0.7375621 foot-pound force (often "foot-pound")
• 1 metre kilogram-force = 9.80665 N·m
• 1 centimetre kilogram-force = 98.0665 mN·m
• 1 foot-pound force (often "foot-pounds") = 1 pound-force foot (often "pound-feet") = 1.3558179 N·m
• 1 inch ounce-force = 7.0615518 mN·m
• 1 dyne centimetre = 10−7 N·m