Difference Between Mass and Matter

Mass and matter are two terms that we often hear about both in chemistry and physics classes. Besides, these are two important principles that science students need to understand very clearly and not get confused between them. Most of the times, because of their close relation and an assumption that they can be used interchangeably students tend to misplace the words. But it should be noted that they are complete different words with different meanings.

Students should understand the difference between mass and matter. According to the general definition, matter is anything that occupies space (having volume) and has mass. On the other hand, mass is something that represents the measure of the amount of matter in a particular particle, object or space. There are different types or states of matter and mass as well.

Difference Between Mass and Matter

However, here we will look at some of the key and important differences between mass and matter. Knowing the differences will help in understanding the concepts better.

Difference Between Mass and Matter



Mass is simply the measure of the amount of matter in a body.

Anything that has volume and mass is classified as matter.

Mass cannot be seen but it can be measured or it is quantifiable.

Matter is visible.

Mass is usually measured in unit of kilogram, etc.

Matter is measured using different forms of units such as mass, volume and weight.

Mass has different forms like active and passive gravitational mass as well as inertial mass.

Matter is classified usually into liquid, gas and solid.

Mass is always constant and never changes

Matter can change into a new product due to some chemical reaction.

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