# Why is the joule, the SI unit of energy, also the appropriate unit for measuring heat?

##### 1 Answer

1 Joule = 1

#### Explanation:

The definition of work is a force acting over a distance.

=> Work = Force x Distance = F x d

From Newton's 2nd Law of Motion, Force = Mass x Acceleration

=> F = m x a

Substituting m x a for F in the Work formula => Work = m x a x d

The SI Unit for mass =

Substituting into Work = mass x acceleration x distance

=

The other unit for heat quantities is the 'scientific calorie', or calorie (c) ; not to be confused with the neutritional calorie (C) (= 1000 scientific calories, or 1 Kilocalorie). The relationship between the two energy terms is as follows ...

1 calorie = 4.184 joules