The difference between mass and weight is one of the most frequently asked questions. Some students often use the terms mass and weight interchangeably, which is completely wrong. There are several differences between mass and weight that are discussed here in detail.
Before going to the mass and weight difference, it is important to know what they are and how they are related. To learn about mass and weight in detail, visit mass and weight. Here, the comparisons and differences between mass and weight with examples are given in the tabular form below.
Difference Between Mass and Weight
Sl. No.  Differentiating Property  Mass  Weight 
1  Definition 


2  Denotation 


3  Formula 
Mass = volume × density 
Weight = mass × acceleration due to gravity 
4  Quantity Type 


5  Unit of Measurement 


6  Gravitational Effect 


7  Measuring Instrument 


These were the main differences between mass and weight which many students are confused about. It is important to know about this topic in detail as it is a crucial part of the mechanics part in physics. Often questions based on the mass and weight differences are included in the competitive exams also.
Students are also required to know the basics of mass and weight thoroughly. Also, the formulas to determine weight and mass is crucial from the examination point of view. Check the articles given below to understand weight, mass and their formulas easily.
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Is weight of a body equal at all locations on Earth ? If not please let me know me where both mass and weight are same.
No, weight is not equal at all locations on Earth. This is because weight is dependent on gravity and gravity varies. You can read about the causes for variations in gravity here.
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