# Is mass the same as matter?

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• alkaspeltzar
In summary, mass is the amount of something, but not the something itself. It can be used to refer to different concepts in physics, but there is no one answer that fits all.

#### alkaspeltzar

No I'm not dumb, just confused. I keep reading that mass is the amount of matter. So is a 1kg mass matter? Is mass the stuff made of things . So when we say 1kg are we talking about the material? Or is mass the measure of how much? Looking for basic help. I always think about mass as how much stuff but it itself is not the matter, that's the atoms and things. Thanks in advance

alkaspeltzar said:
No I'm not dumb, just confused. I keep reading that mass is the amount of matter. So is a 1kg mass matter? Is mass the stuff made of things . So when we say 1kg are we talking about the material? Or is mass the measure of how much? Looking for basic help. I always think about mass as how much stuff but it itself is not the matter, that's the atoms and things. Thanks in advance

You could have 1kg of sugar and 1kg of butter. They are not the same thing. So, yes, mass is the amount of something, but not the something itself.

You could try this:

alkaspeltzar
"Mass" has a fairly precise meaning, at least when it's being used in a physics context. The word "matter", however, is used in different ways to refer to slightly different concepts so it's not surprising that you're find yourself confused here. There's no really satisfactory answer; as you come to understand the physics better you'll find that you'll be able to pick out exactly what someone means by "matter" from the context.

alkaspeltzar
So I'm not wrong in thinking mass and matter are not the same things.

When I think of matter, I think of chemistry. When I think of mass, I think physics, motion, largeness/massiveness of objects made of matter. Mass being the abstract quantity that's just understood.

Friend of mine told me to think about pushing a car in space. That's hardness/difficulty to push is kinda like mass and then other definitions like measure of inertia make sense.

Guess what I am saying I need to not think of mass as matter but mass is something matter has.

alkaspeltzar said:
So I'm not wrong in thinking mass and matter are not the same things.

It doesn't matter.

Forgive me. I couldn't resist the pun.

nasu
What makes the question even more complicated is that there are actually two kinds of mass in physics.
1. One that causes the inertia of the bodies, so resist the bodies of accelerating force.
2. The other, which causes the apple to fall off the tree, or the Moon circulate around the Earth.

The two masses are proportional to the measurements, but I think no one knows the reason.

anorlunda said:
It doesn't matter.

Forgive me. I couldn't resist the pun.

Don Van Vliet said:
The stars are matter, we're matter, but it doesn't matter.

Puns don't really answer haha but I think I understand. I just think of mass as the heaviness or what makes matter hard to move.not most scientific but it makes some sense I guess. Trying to understand enough to accept it.

## 1. Is mass the same as matter?

No, mass and matter are not the same. Mass is a measurement of the amount of matter in an object, while matter refers to anything that has mass and takes up space.

## 2. What is the difference between mass and weight?

Mass is a measurement of the amount of matter in an object, while weight is a measurement of the force of gravity on an object. While mass is constant, weight can change depending on the strength of gravity.

## 3. Can an object have mass but no matter?

No, an object cannot have mass without matter. Mass is a property of matter and cannot exist without it.

## 4. How is mass measured?

Mass is measured using a balance or scale, typically in units of kilograms (kg) or grams (g).

## 5. Why is mass an important concept in science?

Mass is an important concept in science because it is a fundamental property of matter and is used to describe and measure the behavior of objects, including their motion and interactions with other objects.