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Pascal A pressure gauge reading in psi (red scale) and kPa (black scale)
General information
Unit system SI unit
Unit of Pressure or stress
Symbol Pa
Named after Blaise Pascal
Conversions
1 Pa in ... ... is equal to ...
SI base units:    kgm−1s−2
US customary units:    1.450 × 10−4 psi
atmosphere:    9.869 × 10−6 atm
bar:    10−5 bar

The pascal (symbol: Pa) is the SI derived unit of pressure or stress. It is a measure of perpendicular force per unit area i.e. equal to one newton per square meter. In everyday life, the pascal is maybe best known from meteorological air-pressure reports, where it happens in the form of hectopascal (1 hPa = 100 Pa). In other cases, the kilopascal is more commonly used, for example on bicycle tire labels. One hectopascal corresponds to 0.1 and one kilopascal to about 1% of atmospheric pressure (near sea level).

It is named after the French mathematician and physicist, Blaise Pascal. 