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Difference between matter and mass

  1. Jan 4, 2012 #1
    please ...I need to explain to my daughter the difference between matter and mass....no definitions...an analogy will be good..:)
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  3. Jan 4, 2012 #2


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    Mass is an essential quality of matter, so the two are very related. Perhaps a good analogy is to food and calories. All food has calories like all mater has mass. Like mass, the amount of calories a food has depends on the type and quantity of food.
  4. Jan 4, 2012 #3
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    Or you could describe it being like currency, you get different values of currency, you have a variety or values of coins and notes.

    Then the quantity of these determines how much money you actually have
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    An important piece of information for us to know is how old is your daughter? The answers you may get would be very different if she turned out to be 6 compared to 16 for example.
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