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#1 2007-05-31 13:19:25

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Weight or Mass?

Made a small page on Weight or Mass?

Did I make any blunders?


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#2 2007-05-31 18:47:01

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Re: Weight or Mass?

Nope, can't see any mistakes. I'm pretty sure that page is fully correct. This will be a great help to people, as a lot of them get mixed up and confused between the two key words.

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#3 2007-05-31 20:27:40

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Re: Weight or Mass?

Agreed. Very nicely done page. One minor quibble - weight is technically measured in Newtons and not kg. But then again, putting the measurements of weight in kg makes the explanation much easier to follow. Maybe there should be a small note somewhere on the page though.

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#4 2007-06-01 00:37:11

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Re: Weight or Mass?

wheight isnt measured in newtons-force is


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#5 2007-06-01 00:53:18

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Re: Weight or Mass?

Nice page, MathsIsFun!
Weight is referred as kilograms force.
The unit of weight is, therefore, Newton or kgms-² .
Since Force(Newtons) is mass x acceleration, Kg force is used for expressing weight.


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#6 2007-06-01 06:56:00

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Re: Weight or Mass?

Nice!

That's wonderfull! Keep up the good work!


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#7 2007-06-01 10:15:44

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Re: Weight or Mass?

Yes, I think a note about Newtons is needed.

But I will put it at the end so as not to confuse (scales that measure Newtons are rare!)


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