# Joule vs. Erg

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## Main Difference

The main difference between Joule and Erg is that the Joule is a derived unit of energy, work, or amount of heat in the International System of Units and Erg is a unit of energy and mechanical work; 100 nanojoules

• Joule

The joule (); (symbol: J), is a derived unit of energy in the International System of Units. It is equal to the energy transferred to (or work done on) an object when a force of one newton acts on that object in the direction of its motion through a distance of one metre (1 newton metre or N⋅m). It is also the energy dissipated as heat when an electric current of one ampere passes through a resistance of one ohm for one second. It is named after the English physicist James Prescott Joule (1818–1889).

In terms firstly of base SI units and then in terms of other SI units:

J

=

kg

m

2

s

2

=

N

m

=

Pa

m

3

=

W

s

=

C

V

,

{displaystyle {text{J}}={frac {{text{kg}}cdot {text{m}}^{2}}{{text{s}}^{2}}}={text{N}}cdot {text{m}}={text{Pa}}cdot {text{m}}^{3}={text{W}}cdot {text{s}}={text{C}}cdot {text{V}},}

where kg is the kilogram, m is the metre, s is the second, N is the newton, Pa is the pascal, W is the watt, C is the coulomb, and V is the volt.

One joule can also be defined as:

The work required to move an electric charge of one coulomb through an electrical potential difference of one volt, or one “coulomb-volt” (C⋅V). This relationship can be used to define the volt.

The work required to produce one watt of power for one second, or one “watt-second” (W⋅s) (compare kilowatt-hour – 3.6 megajoules). This relationship can be used to define the watt.

• Erg

The erg is a unit of energy equal to 10−7 joules. It originated in the centimetre–gram–second (CGS) system of units. It has the symbol erg. The erg is not an SI unit. Its name is derived from ergon (ἔργον), a Greek word meaning ‘work’ or ‘task’.An erg is the amount of work done by a force of one dyne exerted for a distance of one centimetre. In the CGS base units, it is equal to one gram centimetre-squared per second-squared (g⋅cm2/s2). It is thus equal to 10−7 joules or 100 nanojoules (nJ) in SI units. An erg is approximately the amount of work done (or energy consumed) by one common house fly performing one “push up”, the leg-bending dip that brings its mouth to the surface on which it stands and back up.

1 erg = 10−7 J = 100 nJ

1 erg = 10−10 sn⋅m = 100 psn⋅m = 100 picosthène-metres

1 erg = 624.15 GeV = 6.2415×1011 eV

1 erg = 1 dyn⋅cm = 1 g⋅cm2/s2

Wikipedia
• Joule (noun)

In the International System of Units, the derived unit of energy, work and heat; the work required to exert a force of one newton for a distance of one metre. Also equal to the energy of one watt of power for a duration of one second. Symbol: J

“The Greisen–Zatsepin–Kuzmin limit (GZK limit) is a theoretical upper limit on the energy of cosmic rays (high energy charged particles from space) coming from “distant” sources. The limit is 5×1019 eV, or about 8 joules. The limit is set by slowing-interactions of cosmic ray protons with the microwave background radiation over long distances (~163 million light-years). The limit is at the same order of magnitude as the upper limit for energy at which cosmic rays have experimentally been detected. For example, one ultra-high-energy cosmic ray has been detected which appeared to possess a record 50 joules (312 million TeV) of energy (about the same as a 60 mph baseball).w|Greisen–Zatsepin–Kuzmin limit|WP

• Erg (noun)

The unit of work or energy, being the amount of work done by a force of one dyne applied through a distance of one centimeter. Equal to 10−7 joules.

• Erg (noun)

A large desert region of sand dunes with little or no vegetation, especially in the Sahara.

• Erg (noun)

An ergometer.

• Erg (verb)

To use an ergometer.

“I erg every morning.”

“She erged a steady state piece.”

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