What physical quantity has SI unit $\mathrm{kg}/\mathrm{m}$?

What physical quantity has SI unit $\mathrm{kg}/\mathrm{m}$?

For example, the physical quantity with SI unit $\mathrm{kg}\cdot\mathrm{m}/\mathrm{s}^2$ is force $F$ and the physical quantity with SI unit $\mathrm{m}/\mathrm{s}^2$ is acceleration $a$.

• I didn't downvote you, but I can guess why someone did. Many different quantities can have the same units. For example pressure, tensile strength and energy density have the same units. Another example is angular momentum and action. Your example could correspond to a linear density (the mass of something, such as a rope, per unit length). But it could be any number of physically different things that happen to have the same units. Jan 11, 2013 at 12:02
• Symbols themselves are meaningless. They're just notation. A quantity with SI units $\mathrm{kg}\cdot\mathrm{m}/\mathrm{s}^2$ we could call a force and the usual convention is to use the letter $F$ to denote a force. Perhaps your question should be edited to ask about the meaning of a quantity with SI units $\mathrm{kg}/\mathrm{m}$. That could be a linear mass density. Jan 11, 2013 at 12:04
• Gravitational Potential per Gravitational Constant Jun 30, 2013 at 7:32

One is the linear mass density ($\mu$) of fibers. There are the units $1 \:\mathrm{tex} = 10^{-6} \:\mathrm{kg/m}$, $1 \:\mathrm{dtex} = 10^{-7} \:\mathrm{kg/m}$ and $1 \:\mathrm{den} = {1\over 9} \cdot 10^{-6} \:\mathrm{kg/m}$. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Units_of_textile_measurement and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_mass_density.
As far as I know $\mathrm{kg}/\mathrm{m}$ is not a commonly used unit in physics. It might, however, be used for instance when comparing the linear density of objects that might be thought of as one-dimensional, like ropes or railway tracks. The symbol used to denote it would probably vary from case to case, but $\rho$, as used for volume densities, might be suitable if you don't have a better idea.
• A commonly used symbol to denote linear mass densities is $\mu$, but in the end the symbol is not that important. It's merely a tool to allow different people to correctly interpret each other's expressions. Jan 11, 2013 at 12:07
The physical quantity for $\mathrm{kg}/\mathrm{m}$ is the linear density or linear mass density or linear mass which defines mass per unit length.