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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Do we feel 0.4% less body weight on mount everest?

Weight of the object at surface of earth(where $g=9.8066$). considering Weight=$100~\rm kg$ ,Weight ($W_1$)=$mg$ , mass=$10.1972~\rm kg$ At mount Everest top: Height of Mount Everest = $8.848\rm km$...
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Who can explain me better 'the condition with no weight'? [closed]

This is related to gravity and vaccuum, which says that when the body is in vaccuum, its weight is lost. I need any examples.
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Atmospheric pressure

What is the significance of atmospheric pressure being referenced as 100 kPa ? Does that really mean 10000 kg/m$^2$ acting upon us ? If we are measuring only collision force on the surface and not ...
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Force exerted by pulley on ceiling

I read in my book that when a pulley is accelerating it exerts more force on the ceiling than when it is still. I know the derivation and I can mathematically prove it but I'm unable to get my head ...
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How would you solve for this system while it's accelerating? [closed]

So I'm trying to solve for this system with two weights: m1 and m2, with m2 hanging off of m1, which is hanging by two ropes off a ceiling (connected to top of m1) one rope(t1) angled 50 degrees and ...
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Confused by gravity and weight [closed]

I know that $F = mg$ so $2,00 \textrm{ KG m} \cdot 9,81 \textrm{ N g} = 19,62 \textrm{ N F}$ Why does my book say that the weight of a $2,00 \textrm{ KG}$ object is $19,62\textrm{ N}$, the mass is $2,...
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Does air resistance give a falling skydiver weight?

An observer in free fall is weightless as he is accelerating at 9.8 m/s^2. However, when a skydiver jumps from a high plane, his acceleration gradually slows until becoming 0 m/s^2 at terminal ...
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What's the right way to calculate power consumption over a month given a rate per minute?

When I was searching for power required to lift an object, i found that, for example: $100\ \mathrm{kg}$ to be lifted 3 metres in 5 seconds. (vertical) Answer: $$\begin{align} \text{mass}\times\...
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Exertion of force due to spin of Earth

If Earth were to spin at a different speed would I be experiencing a different weight?
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Could one extra straw literally break a camel's back? [closed]

I thought this was better suited here than biology, as the camel is figurative; it could also be a wooden beam. My question is basically: Could adding an object of negligible weight (such as a straw) ...
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Why consider only $x$ component of accelerating block pulled by cord at an angle?

A $5 \, \text{kg}$ block is pulled along a horizontal frictionless floor by a cord that exerts a force $F=12 \, \text{N}$ at an angle $\theta = 25 \, \text{deg}$ above horizontal. What is acceleration ...
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Force between two contacting masses on a frictionless surface pushed from left or right [closed]

The figure shows two boxes, with $m_1 > m_x$ that are on a level frictionless surface. We can apply a horizontal force $F$ either toward right on $m_1$ or toward left on $m_2$. The magnitude of the ...
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Should these be called “weights” or “masses”? [closed]

Yeah, those circular metal disks. Weights or masses? I call them weights because when I attach them to a spring I'm interested in their weight, but it feels odd saying a "Pick up the 100g weight". "...
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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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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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Reduced-gravity flight (A300 0-G): what is actually reduced?

I doubt I can hide from the effects of gravity when I'm close to Earth. We usually don't question this biker is fully experimenting gravity: Source. But with the well-known "reduced gravity" ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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, $weight= mass\times gravitational~acceleration$. What will be the units of Newton? Will that be $N = kg\times g$ ? But we always measure our weight ...
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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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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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Is there a difference between Weight and Force of Gravity?

Is there a difference between Weight and Force of Gravity or they just mean the same thing? My textbook does not clarifies this point.
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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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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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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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Doesn't a box holding a vacuum weigh the same as a box full of air?

This was recently brought up, and I haven't been able to conclude a solid answer. Let's say we have two identical boxes (A and B...
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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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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 Churyumov–Gerasimenko comet compared to earth?

We know the payload mass of the Philae lander was 21kg. We know the mass of the Churyumov–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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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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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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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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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?