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Difference between Mass and weight

Mass and weight are related but distinct concepts in physics



Now, let's illustrate the difference between mass and weight using the examples of an object on Earth and on the Moon:

Example: Object on Earth

Example: Object on the Moon

In these examples, your mass remains the same (70 kg) whether you are on Earth or the Moon because mass is an intrinsic property of an object. However, your weight changes because it depends on the gravitational field strength of the celestial body you are on. On Earth, with a stronger gravitational field, you have a greater weight, while on the Moon, with a weaker gravitational field, you have a lower weight. This illustrates the fundamental difference between mass and weight.

Published on: Sep 15, 2023, 12:37 AM  


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