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 What are different types of Newton meters used for? Question Date: 2013-03-13 Answer 1:This is an interesting question. A Newton meter is a device that measures Newtons. All Newton meters are related to the unit of force called a “Newton”. In the system of units MKS, which means “meters”, “kilograms”, “seconds”, a Newton is the amount needed to accelerate 1 kilogram of mass at the rate of 1 meter per second squared; a device/p> One second type of Newton meter is used to measure energy. A unit of energy is called a “Joule”. If you apply a force of 1 Newton on an object for a distance of 1 meter, then you are using 1 Joule of energy. One way of measuring the Joules of energy is by using a Newton meter of this type. A third type of Newton meter is used to measure “torque”. A “torque” is a turning force. If you apply a force of 1 Newton at a distance of 1 meter from the pivot at right angle to the radius, then you are applying a torque of 1 Newton Meter. The most common design for a Newton meter is a cylinder containing a spring inside. You can attach objects to the spring by a hook. When any object is attached to the spring, it causes a force that causes the spring to expand. You can read how much force is acting on the meter by using a gauge on the cylinder. Click Here to return to the search form.