SiS Quickie: Force vs. Power

“Nintendo Force” is the in-progress spiritual successor to the long-running, now-defunct Nintendo Power. I see what they did there; the problem is that it’s not scientifically accurate.

A force (measured in newtons) is a push or a pull: it measures how hard and in which direction.

Power (measured in watts, or joules/sec) is the rate at which energy is used: it measures how hard, how far, and how fast.

How hard and in which direction vs. how hard, how far, and how fast…you know, I’m going to let you come up with your own analogy here.

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