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  • erg

Unit of:

  • Energy and power


One erg is equal to the work done by a force of one dyne, when its point of application moves 1cm in the direction of action


In 1873, a committee of the BAAS recommended the name erg or ergon for the C.G.S. unit of energy

Common references:

  • One erg is approx. the amount of work done by one house fly performing one push up - ie bending its legs to move its mouth the surface on which it stands and then back up.

Usage context:

The Erg originated in the centimetre–gram–second (CGS) system of units and was widely used in chemistry