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Questions tagged [weight]

Weight is the force on the object due to gravity. DO NOT USE weight as a colloquial substitute for mass.

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How to position table legs to distribute weight optimally? [on hold]

Background I'm building a table using 4 table legs and a table top. The table top, made out of wood, tends to be quite elastic. Yet, I want the table to be able to hold heavy objects without worrying ...
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How do we define “mass” in the context of particle physics and relativity?

In laypersons terminology, mass is defined as the amount of matter. However, consider the following: The $W$ and $Z$ bosons have mass. An antiparticle has the same mass as its corresponding particle. ...
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Temperature relation to Archimedes principle

I have a probably very simple problem which I cant solve. I am weighing animals in seawater by placing them on a small PVC arm that is fixed on a balance and reaches into a beaker of seawater. On the ...
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Does the weight of a steel ball changes when submerged in water? [duplicate]

Will there be a difference in the weight of just the ball under water Vs in normal atmospheric pressure conditions i.e. a weighing scale with the steel ball on it Vs in vacuum assuming earth's gravity ...
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Effect on the weight of a bird in a closed cage with a spring attached to it

I have read the question in which the difference in the weight of a bird in a closed and a open system is described. But what happens if there is a closed cage with wires and also a spring attached ...
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Weighing machine, kg vs. N

When I stand on a weighing machine and it shows me the number 75 , is it my mass in Kg or the Normal Force due to gravity in N
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Does a non-buoyant (denser than water) object (such as a lead diving weight) weigh any less when submerged in water?

I've just been discussing this question with my eldest son, who is an extremely intelligent man, as well as being an engineer, a sailor and a scuba-diver, and he believes that an object heavier than ...
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Why should Vector Components of a Weight be Perpendicular to each other?

So this question came to my head this morning. When analyzing such a problem, its easier to break the W component into 2 seperate components, here I've marked the components in Red & Pink arrows. ...
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Earth gravitational field [closed]

If the gravitational vector field of the earth is something as in the picture above, then the net field would sum up to zero by symmetry, but why don't we experience weightlessness?
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How is weight dispersed among multiple points?

I was recently viewing remembrance photos from the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on MSN news where slide nine shows a photo of firemen teaming up to carry a $40'$ steel bar ...
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What is the explanation of weight in terms of general relativity?

In GR a massive particle falls along geodesics of curved spacetime because there is no “force” on it and it has to follow straight lines. But how can the weight felt by an object on the surface of ...
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the weight of a hose with water passes through it [closed]

a hose is connected to a water supply at the ground and is held by hand from point B. I want to calculate the tension at point B. but how does the resultant weight (W) of the hose will change if water ...
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Is there any weight diffenence between sealed/unsealed bottles? [closed]

I have to prepare my chemical report about CO2 molecular mass. I searched and got a sample report from internet. I read it and I can't understand this. Weight of flask covered with glass cover = ...
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Ought we say 'body mass', rather than 'body weight'?

I'm asking in the context of medicine, where you're "massed" (or is it "weighted"?) on a scale. This answer beneath insinuates that 'mass' may be the preferred term, but it doesn't outwardly clarify ...
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Why does a person carry more weight when sitting down?

Today, while shopping for a chair at a shopping mall, I saw this poster regarding the amount of weight a person is carrying when doing various activities. When standing upright, one carries 100% of ...
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Does the weight on a car's wheels decrease with increasing speeds? [duplicate]

Ignoring the reduction in fuel weight as it burns, does the weight on a car's wheels decrease with increasing speeds? If so, by how much and is there a fomula for calculating that? At what speeds ...
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How do you determine weights from CG when there are more than two locations

On the internet they list ways to calculate weights based on CG when there is a weight on the left and on the right of your CG. Most of the examples show a box truck for determining the weight on the ...
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Satellite Motion centripetal force

Once I read in a book that the centripetal force that keeps the satellite in its circular orbit around the Earth is approximately equal to its weight. My question is why the word "approximately" was ...
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Weight of an object without air

Consider a weigh machine and an object. Both are inside a case. Weigh the object. Then remove all the air in the case. Weigh the object again. If the weight of the object with air is M kg. What will ...
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Why is torque sometimes reported in kg m, instead of the usual N m?

On various websites I see torque expressed as $\rm kg\: m$, but I was always thought that torque is $\rm N\:m$ or $\rm kg\: m^2/s^2$. These are clearly not the same, so why are they called the same, ...
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If I drive East, how much lighter am I than if I drive West?

I'm at the equator. Suppose I am driving at x kph, in the direction of the Earth's rotation (i.e. due East), I presume that the force my vehicle exerts on the ground is less than when I am stationary. ...
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Effect of temperature on specific weight

How much of an impact has a temperature difference when the specific weight of an object in water is measured, e.g. the weight of a mussel in seawater. Would the two scenarios yield the same specific ...
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Compression of gas within a partitioned cylinder

I have been doing some thought experiments, and would like some help in thinking about two situations: a) There is a (metallic) container on a weighing machine. This container has an upper chamber ...
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What's the difference between gravitational attraction and weight? [duplicate]

What exactly is gravitational attraction? In my textbook it was quoted " all objects both tiny and large objects are attracted to the earth. This is known as gravitational attraction, or the force due ...
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Which weighs more in atmosphere, $1\,{\rm kg}$ of steel or $1\,{\rm kg}$ of feathers?

I'm having a discussion at the moment regarding the mass of $1\,{\rm kg}$ of feathers and $1\,{\rm kg}$ of steel. The person I'm arguing with states that $1\,{\rm kg}$ of feathers will be lighter ...
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Do vibrations increase an object's mass or weight?

does a vibrating object recieve an increase of mass or weight? and if it does, at what frequency or intensity does it need to vibrate at, and what is the rate of increase? is there a formula for it? ...
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Do the weights of two liquids not add when mixed?

I was given an interesting dilemma today. A co-worker saw me adding a liquid (Diisopropyl ethylamine AKA DIPEA) to a flask filled with another liquid (Tetrahydrofuran AKA THF). I needed to weigh out ...
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What is the function of this complicated tensioning system?

I saw this arrangement for tensioning overhead cables from my train window (schematic below). Why not just have one pulley wheel leading directly to the weights? What function do the additional ...
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How to calculate the max load a metal bar can hold?

How would one calculate the amount of weight a steel bar could hold before breaking? Apologies for the terrible diagram. So if I had a steel bar of the length 18in, and the cross-section with a ...
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How to calculate weight of an object orbiting another object?

How do we calculate weight of an object which is orbiting another bigger object in the space? For example, comparing the pair of Sun-Earth, Earth is orbiting Sun due to the force applied by Sun on ...
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How do you explain the “weight” of helium?

If weight is measured as M * g (mass x gravity), then how does the "weight" of a massive helium filled balloon negative? Let's say you have a 63,000 m^3 helium balloon. The mass of the helium is ...
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How to calculate the weight of a TV, mounted on a different type of brackets and positioned at different swirling angles? [closed]

The problem: So basically I want to calculate the weight/pressure of TV that I want to mount on my wall so I can on my own later on find the right anchors, right fittings, and TBH I am interested in ...
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Issue in conversions from force to mass units

I have a problem converting force to mass units, in this example for 9.81kgf: To get the mass, dividing by gravity, I get 1kg ...
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Conversion between mass units

I am enrolled in a course related to physics, and converting between mass units is so tricky for me. I always treat in my work only in SI units and maybe MKS units, at level of weights, I find it easy....
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Spring balance with mass in spring

Suppose I have a spring balance kept horizontally on a table, and there is a block of mass hanging from it say from the edge of a table through a frictionless pulley. Let’s say the spring in the ...
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I couldn't figure out something about mass and weight measurement

Today when I was studying physic for my University enterance exam I have stucked in one topic. I understood the difference between mass and weight. Mass is the amount of material an object contains ...
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Is it possible to create weighing machine with water indicator [closed]

I want to create a weighing machine that works with water. After researching on Google I got this. $1$ $\text{cm}^3$ of water weights $1$ g. So, with that equation I'm planned to create this below ...
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Weight of a container of gas and container shape [duplicate]

Consider a cube shaped container with one mole of gas inside. Acceleration due to gravity would give the difference in force between the top of the container and the bottom to be mg, with net force ...
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3 people carry a log of wood, which one is carrying the most weight [closed]

I saw this on a youtube video. The answer is that the one in the middle is carrying 25 % more than the other two. Can someone explain this?
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Effects of microgravity on spinal disc thickness

Image is data of spinal thickness in micro-gravity or suspension experiment. I was reading an experiment on spinal changes due to microgravity in astronauts. Researchers simulated microgravity spinal ...
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When does wet cloth weigh less than dry [closed]

What liquid should you use to wet a piece of cloth, so that weight of a wet cloth is less than weight of a dry cloth? The only idea I have is that you should wet the cloth in sunflower oil and then ...
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Ship deadweight should be deadmass? [duplicate]

The question is about ship stability calculations. We need to solve moment = force × distance, but in stability they put mass × distance. How, and why? Deadweight is the total weight of cargo, stores, ...
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Will the weight of a man standing on a scale changes if he throws something straight up?

If a man enclosed inside a chamber and the chamber is on a weighing scale and if he throws a ball straight up in air will the weight of the whole system changes or not? If yes, then what is the weight ...
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Where does the buoyant force come from?

If I place a cube in water, the force at the top of the cube, F1 will be Ahρwg. Where, A = cross-sectional area h = height at the top ρw = density of water g = acceleration due to gravity All this ...
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Load weight on a horizontal wireframe ladder

I'm wondering about the following scenario. A wire cable ladder is mounted horizontally and a person uses the rungs to navigate from one end to the other (imagine monkey bars). If the wire cable is ~...
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What does it mean that the weight is negative?

In a recent question on the Aviation Stack Exchange, one explained that would cause an autogyro's crash. Basically, it says that the one thing that would make the gyro crash is to unload the motor too ...
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Apparent weight can be negative?

Apparent weight can be negative ?? If yes then what conditions are required for this ? If we change the frame of reference is there any change occur in apparent weight due to these changes ?
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If F = $m*a$ and $W = m*g$, why is using $F = m*a$ to calculate weight wrong?

On a test I used $F=m*a$ to calculate the weight of an object on Earth, using $9.8$ $m/s^2$ for $a$. I got the right answer, but the question was marked as wrong because I used the wrong formula and I ...
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What is Quasi-particle weight? [closed]

Hi I just heard this phrase from my classmate yesterday, I am wondering whether someone can explain this real quick for me.
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What is the force exerted by the tire on the stone? [closed]

A stone with mass $m$ gets stuck in the tire of a car, whose radius is $r$. The car is moving at constant speed $v$. The problem asks to determine the force $F$ exerted by the tire on the stone, ...