Enter the total mass and the total lateral acceleration into the calculator to determine the lateral force.

Lateral Force Formula

The following equation is used to calculate the Lateral Force.

LF = m * LA
  • Where LF is the lateral force (N)
  • m is the mass (kg)
  • LA is the lateral acceleration (m/s^2)

To calculate the lateral force, multiply the mass by the lateral acceleration.

What is a Lateral Force?


A lateral force is defined as the total net force acting on an object in the lateral direction. The lateral direction is often used synonymously with horizontal direction.

How to Calculate Lateral Force?

Example Problem:

The following example outlines the steps and information needed to calculate the Lateral Force.

First, determine the mass . In this example, the mass is found to be 60kg.

Next, determine the lateral acceleration. In this case, the lateral acceleration is measured to be 20 m/s^2.

Finally, calculate the Lateral Force using the formula above:

LF = m * LA

LF = 60kg * 20 m/s^2

LF = 1200 N