Why is horsepower called horsepower?
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Horsepower is the amount of power produced by an engine.
It is computed as the force required to move 550 pounds one foot in one second or 33,000 pounds one foot in one minute. The power is measured by the time it takes to complete the task.
When steam engines began to replace horses in mines in the early 1800s, mine owners began to wonder how many horses one engine would replace.
James Watt, the inventor of steam engines, devised a mathematical formula for converting horsepower to engine power. As a result, the term “horsepower” was coined.