Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

Monthly Update sign up
Mailing List signup
Learning Math Home

Channel Talk

[Channel-talkmeasurement] Mass versus Weight

From: <coffeemom212@comcast.net>
Date: Mon Jun 11 2007 - 13:04:12 EDT
X-Mailer: AT&T Message Center Version 1 (Oct 4 2006)

            While I understand that mass is the amount of matter in something and that weight refers to the gravitational pull, I find it confusing that we use the terms mass and weight interchangeably. It seems like when we measure with a spring scale, we are measuring weight because the spring is pulling down towards the ground. This works similarly with old fashioned bathroom scales (not digital) when we step on the scale and it pushes down to move the arrow to our weight. If this is true, then when we use a balance scale are we measuring mass?

Channel-talkmeasurement mailing list

You may un-subscribe from this email list at any time by using the online form at the above URL. If you have difficulty using this form, please send email to Channel-Channel-talkmeasurement@learner.org and our mailing list administrator will assist you. Our privacy policy is posted online at: http://www.learner.org/about/privacy_policy.html
Received on Mon Jun 11 13:57:30 2007


Learning Math Home | Measurement Home

© 2003 WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved.


© Annenberg Foundation 2017. All rights reserved. Legal Policy