Measuring PowerHere is information about nonmetric units of power. Horsepower: A workhorse can lift 550 pounds 1 foot in the air in 1 second; that is 1 horsepower. Engines are measured in horsepower. A 10horsepower engine can do the work of ten horses. Manpower: An average man lifts 55 pounds 1 foot high in 1 second. Candlepower: The amount of light given off by a candle of a specific size, shape, type of tallow, and type of wick. The brightness of an electric light is measured in candlepower. Megaton: A megaton is the blasting power of a hydrogen bomb. One megaton has the power of 1 million tons of TNT. Fact Monster/Information Please® Database, © 2008 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.
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