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Spring balance Weight
Gravitational Acceleration Difference between mass and weight

Difference between mass and weight

  1. Mass is amount of matter in an object but weight is force of gravity on the object.
  2. Mass is measured in kilograms but weight is measured in newtons as it is a force.
  3. Mass is a scalar quantity but weight is the vector quantity.
  4. Mass can be measured by using level(physical) balance while weight is measured by using spring balance.
  5. Mass remains constant everywhere but weight varies from place to place.

For example if your weight on earth is 500 N so your mass is 50 kg.
If you stand on moon still your mass would be 50 kg, but your weight would be 80N only because g = 1.6 N/kg or 1.6 m / son moon.

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Mr Manhating Said :
@Gowri, it does not say pluto is a plant if the table was about planets the moon and the sun would not be on it.
  18/05/14 09:56 PM
Gowri Said :
you have to be up to date on info. pluto , a planet? seriousle? and please give more details for each topic. thnx in advance
  27/02/13 08:00 PM
zaid Said :
give some examples>>>>
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Thank you very mych for your concern. Very soon, few examples will be added.

  22/01/12 07:11 PM
justinbeberhater Said :
muhammad,ur the one with the spelling mistaaked,idiot. its complete
  01/01/12 05:11 PM
muhammad ali akram Said :
the notes are easier and utterly comlete but, many spelling mistakes
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Thank You Mr Muhammed, We are trying our best to make sure all the spelling mistakes and grammer is edited in best possible manner.

  07/03/11 11:38 AM


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