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What is mass, and how does it differ from weight?

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Let us first check the definitions of mass and weight respectively.

mass (m)(m): it is the amount of matter an object contains. The unit is lb\mathrm{lb}, and usually written as mm.

Weight (W)(W): is the amount of the gravitational force felt by an object or exerted on an object. The SI unit is N\mathrm{N} and expressed in mgmg.

W=mg,W=mg,

Hence,

weight=mass×Earth’s gravitational acceleration.\text{weight}=\text{mass}\times \text{Earth's gravitational acceleration}.

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