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Measurement: FAQ

Frequently asked questions about measurement.

What is mass?

Mass is the amount of matter in an object. We usually measure it in grams (g) or kilograms (kg).

What is volume?

Volume is the amount of space an object takes up. We can measure it in units like milliliters (mL) or liters (L).

What is the difference between milliliters and liters?

Milliliters are smaller than liters. There are 1,000 milliliters in 1 liter.
A single raindrop contains about 1 milliliter of liquid:
A raindrop.
This bottle contains about 1 liter of liquid:
A bottle of liquid.

What is the difference between grams and kilograms?

Grams are smaller than kilograms. There are 1,000 grams in 1 kilogram.
A small paperclip has a mass of about 1 gram:
A small paperclip.
A wooden baseball bat has a mass of about 1 kilogram:
A wooden baseball bat.

What's the difference between mass and weight?

Mass is the amount of matter in an object, while weight is the force an object exerts on a scale due to gravity. While mass stays the same no matter where we are, weight can change depending on the strength of gravity. For example, we would weigh less on the moon because the moon's gravity is weaker than Earth's.

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