I feel like I'm in the twilight zone. I'm at a new university for the year, cause of financial reasons, and I feel like I walked into a George Orwell story. Our physics lab told us to "determine the weight of the block in kilograms." It bothered me, since kG don't measure weight, but I decided to assume they meant mass and let it go, but then, the procedure had us doing calculations for torque and friction and acceleration and kinetic energy, etc. all using its mass in kG as the force! I couldn't bring myself to do the calculations at all. What was I supposed to do, write "The lever feels 10 Kilogram-meters of torque"? That's nonsense! I found the weight in Newtons first, and of course, this made my answers differ from the rest of the class' by a factor of acceleration due to gravity. My professor counted them wrong! I took the lab manual to the head of the department and told him my issues. "Why does this lab manual use weight and mass interchangeably?" His reply: "It's semantics!" and "It's a simplification!" Am I crazy? Or is it not semantics at all! It's a lie! It's not a simplification; it's sabotage! What can I even do about it? No one I've talked to agrees with me! They all say I'm being "nit-picky"! I've gone as high up as I can go without filing a police report!