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### Why do we use kilograms instead of newtons to measure weight in everyday life?

What was the reason to use kilograms to measure weight (e.g. body weight, market vegetables etc.) instead of using newtons?
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### Why is the apparent weight smaller when you crouch down on a scale?

I am having a problem understanding the concept of the apparent weight change when you crouch down, stand up, and jump on the scale. What is happening that makes the scale change?
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### Applying downward force on someone without adding to their weight

I am creating a scenario for a superhero comic, and need help with an idea. I'd like the solution to be based in scientific theory, or at least scientific fantasy, as opposed to resorting to simply ...
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### Flamant's use of mass and weight

I apologize for the stupid question, but I've consulted teachers and found their answers unsatisfactory. Professor E.Brune, in the XIX century, delivered a course on l'Ă‰cole des beaux-arts on ...
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### Difference between mass and weight [duplicate]

I already know that when I standing on weighing machine it's measuring my mass not my weight, but when I take the same machine to moon it's will read different value. According to my information that ...
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### Why is sometimes more difficult to lift a baby?

I have a small cousin and she enjoys when I pick her up, which I can do pretty easily. Sometimes though she decides she wants to make my life difficult, and when she decides so, she tells me she is "...
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### Weight added to truck [closed]

If weight is added to the back of a dump truck does the height of the truck decrease in direct proportion to the weight added - does weight added equal height decrease?
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### Would a person gain or lose weight after expelling a flatus?

Considering the chemical composition, mass, and pressure range of typical human flatulence, would a person gain or lose weight after passing gas?
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### When you breath in a helium balloon, do you lose weight?

We all know the trick of breathing in a helium balloon to get a funny squeaky voice! When you do this, would it be correct to say you lose weight? On the one hand, the helium should make you more ...
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### How exactly do walking canes and crutches help?

I am reading introductory physics, and there is a chapter on equilibrium. In the chapter, the author mentions how devices can exploit distribution of forces to help those that are physically ill, via ...
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### Why does not the weight decrease in an ascending and accelerating lift?

My textbook says that weight of a person in a lift that is accelerating in upward direction increases. But,why is it so? The acceleration of lift and the acceleration due to gravity are in opposite ...
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### An atomic bomb explodes inside of an “unbreakable” container which is on a scale. Does the “weight” of the container change?

I read that most of the "mass" in the proton was actually energy from the quarks and gluons, as opposed to the actual mass which was coupled to the Higgs field. This made me start thinking about ...
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### How to design a stable table?

Imagine a round table, standing on one central leg. The central leg has a base for balance. That base is what I am referring to. What physics do I need to understand to design a stable table? For ...
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### Scale on an elevator

When you are accelerating upwards in an elevator, you feel an increase in apparent weight. A scale measures the total amount of force pushing down on it, and if you were to step on a scale in an ...
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### Forces on an aircraft - thrust, lift, drag, weight

I'm extremely sceptical about the wikipedia page on aircraft flight mechanics. When describing 'straight climbing flight', it says: lift is unable to alter the aircraft's potential energy or ...
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### Feathers and Human Flight

In the case of Angels where they're supposed to have wings full of feathers and can fly. If we created a flight suit for humans made out of feathers, how big would the feathers have to be? If the ...
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### Weight of magnetic objects and polarization [closed]

I am an Iranian engineer and have a question which no one has answered me yet. In weighing a strong magnet, there is a difference between the weights from different polarization directions, why is ...
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### Question about finding $k$ in Hooke's Law

My textbook (Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Dennis Zill) offers the following explanation of Hooke's Law: By Hooke's Law, the spring itself exerts a restoring force $F$ opposite to the ...
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### Weight vector dependence

Does the weight of a person depend on the number of people or other bodies in say a room? If so,why? Was thinking about it earlier and want to find out from others.
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### Units about weight

We know that weight is measured in Newtons. Since, $weight= mass\times gravity$. What will be the units of Newton? Will that be $N = kg\times g$ ? But we always measure our weight using the unit $kg$! ...
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### Place each foot on a scale: can you add the two to find your weight?

I frequent a blog from a British psychologist, and every Friday he likes to pose an interesting puzzle or riddle. The Monday after that he posts the answer. They're good fun, and IANAP but this week's ...
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### Can I do something for being heavier to be lifted?

Playing with a friend, one started to try to lift the other, and then the other way back. We started to talk about "making some force" to be more difficult to lift - one could think about having more ...
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### Do we weigh more when standing near massive buildings?

I'm very new to the concepts of SR/GR and curvature of spacetime. My understanding is that the bending of spacetime is the causation of gravity, and that matter is the causation of the bending of ...
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### What is the difference between the mass of 100g and the weight of 1newton? [duplicate]

I was flicking through my physics textbook (as you do when you need to revise for a test that is going to decide your grade of the whole year), when a certain question caught my eye it read: Explain ...
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### Kettlebell squats center of mass

I should, first of all, state that I have very limited knowledge of physics but as a fitness enthusiast the following question has puzzled me for a while. When I do squats on the gym holding a ...
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### Floating Objects and Weight

The Situation: A ball is placed in a beaker filled with water and floats. It is also attached to the bottom of the beaker via a string. The Question: The ball is attached to the beaker, thus ...
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### How is a strength of a pull spread across two springs?

I started thinking about it when I came up with a puzzle which is probably way too elementary for this site, but it is hard for me to understand clearly. I just bought this small scale thing and I ...
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### Does a lightning strike have a physical weight?

A lot seems to be unknown about lightning and it is possibly a source of dark energy at the instance of the strike. So if we were to place say a 10kg lightning rod (earthed) on a set of insulated ...
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### Walking on water

I was wondering about walking on water. I wonder if we can use surface tension to do this. Lets say I make a pair of shoes in shape which has infinite perimeter (e.g a koch snowflake) with glass. Now ...
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### If you are on Earth, are your mass and weight the same?

I was wondering how mass and weight are different so I Googled it. I found that mass is constant no matter where you are because it is the amount of matter in an object and weight changes because it's ...
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### Does object sealed in a airless place weigh more?

In a case where you vacuum your items in those airless bags(Space bags), do they weigh more ? Or is it just a feeling because of increase in density due to decrease in volume ?
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### Weight of a mass falling into an open container which is closed after the mass goes inside it

Consider a container with lid of total mass, $M$. A mass, $m$, is allowed to fall into the container when the container is open. The whole set up is kept on a sensitive weighing machine and everything ...
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### Weight of empty versus inflated balloon [duplicate]

Will the weight of a balloon filled with air be less than, greater than or the same as the same balloon after it has been deflated?
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### Does the weight of an hourglass change when sands are falling inside?

An hourglass H weighs h. When it's placed on a scale with all the sand rested in the lower portion, the scale reads weight x where x = h. Now, if you turn the hourglass upside down to let the sand ...
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### Is a block of cotton heavier than a block of iron?

if i have a block of cotton and a block of iron each containing a weight of 100 kg when measured on a weighing machine, in reality which one is heaver than the other, which one is heavier and why? ...
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### Possible solutions to the crown problem of Archimedes [closed]

My teacher was talking about the crown problem, possibly solved by Archimedes using skills about density, weight and other properties that he studied. In the original publication, by Vitruvius in a ...
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### How would filling a milk canister with helium affect the reading it makes on a scale?

Let's say that if I put a milk canister on a scale it shows 10kg. If I fill it with Helium it must necessarily be less than this, right? Can someone explain this (probably trivial) thing to me? :) ...
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### Vacuum to hold an object

How can i check and calculate if a certain vacuum pump can hold an object that weights X kg? By "hold" I mean not let that object fall to the floor due to gravity
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### Where on Earth does the mass of 1 kg actually produce a 1 kg reading on a digital scale?

Gravity on Earth varies by about 0.1% between poles and equator. If someone was buying/selling something mass critical e.g. gold, where is the standard place on Earth where a 1 kg mass produces a 1 kg ...
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### What is the weight of the Philae lander on the Churyumovâ€“Gerasimenko comet compared to earth?

We know the payload mass of the Philae lander was 21kg. We know the mass of the Churyumovâ€“Gerasimenko comet is roughly 1 x 10^13kg. We know the mass of Earth is roughly 5.9x10^24kg. I've heard ...
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### When referring to weights and mass of weights in a physics laboratory, do we use the term mass or weights?

What terminology is used to refer to weights/ mass/ weight of mass/ mass of weights when referring to the mass of weights in a physics report? My question is more of the weights that we use in the ...
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### Generating forces precisely [closed]

When we like to produce known forces, we know that standard weights acting vertically on a object creates a known force. Now, what are the other methods to generate forces with accuracy? It is a 'do ...
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### Why does the air pressure at the surface of the earth exactly equal the weight of the entire air column above it

Why does the air pressure at the surface of the earth (resulting from collisions of molecules on the surface of the earth which has to do with the velocity of the particles) exactly equal the weight ...
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### Weight versus gravitational force [duplicate]

What is the difference between weight and gravitational force? I am a beginner who want to study physics properly.
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### Can mass be directly measured without measuring its weight?

From Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass Inertial mass measures an object's resistance to being accelerated by a force (represented by the relationship F=ma). Active gravitational ...
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### It seems wrong to find the mass using weight alone when using chemical compounds [duplicate]

The difference between mass and weight is pretty straightforward so then how can we WEIGH a substance then ask how many Daltons (atomic MASS units) are in that substance without a conversion in there ...
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### If earth generates magnetic field does it attract metal? [duplicate]

If earth generates magnetic field does it attract metal objects at the surface of the planet and make them heavier?
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### Do different density objects in liquids affect net weight [duplicate]

I would test this but I have no tools to test it with. If I have a beaker of water and weigh it on a measure. Then I stick my fingers in the water (it doesn't over flow) does the weight change or ...
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### How much work will a human do to lift a weight?

I saw a pretty simple homework question here that asked how much work it takes to lift a 200 kg weight, and while the math for a basic answer is simple the weightlifter in me instead wanted to ...
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### Do we weigh less in the morning? [duplicate]

A question on Biology SE got me thinking, ignoring weight naturally lost during the night, "Do we weigh less in the morning?" During the night, the sun is above us, and the earth below us. Conversely,...