# How to write $12 (N / m)^2$ in long form

I want to write the value $$12 (N/m)^2$$ in long form like "12 Newtons per meter squared". However, I believe that because of the order of operations, my long form value will be interpreted as $$12 N/(m^2)$$.

How should I write this value in long form? Or am I best to avoid using the long form in a situation like this?

• $\frac{N}{m^2}$ is not the same as $\left(\frac{N}{m}\right)^2$. – KM101 Jan 14 at 15:54
• @KM101 I was also confused, but what the OP means is that he wants to write $(N/m)^2$ in words without having it sound like $N/m^2$. – 57Jimmy Jan 14 at 15:55
• @57Jimmy is correct – johnnyodonnell Jan 14 at 15:57