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Newer scales like digital and spring scales, measure the force your body exerts on the pad you're standing on, which is your weight. The scale then divides your weight by gravity to give you your mass.

The kilogram is a measure of mass, not a measure of force. His mass will remain the same (i.e. 60kg) regardless of the gravitational field he is in. But as the moon has a weaker gravitational field than the Earth the bathroom scales that stopped at 60 on the Earth will stop at 10 on the Moon.

"Scales show an estimate of your mass based on the force your body exerts on it; and to find out how much force your body is exerting on the scales, multiply by 9.8 (to convert kg into Newtons)." from http://www.mathsisfun.com/measure/weight-mass.html

I like to use my bathroom scale. There are expensive scales that might be a little more precise. Or, if you know the mass of two bodies, say the Earth and Moon, there is a formula for calculating the force of each body on the other.

weight is a measure of the gravitational force of an object

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Scales either measure mass, or weight - but they are callibrated to show mass (for example, kilograms).

Bathroom scales measure your weight. Or really you should say it measures your mass. Hard to tell really! So anyways thanks for seeing my answer!xoxoSecret

Weight is the pull of gravity on a mass, it is measured in a gravity field using a weighing machine (bathroom scales are an example) Mass is an intrinsic property of matter, it is a measure of an object's resistance to acceleration (a change in its state of motion) when a force is applied.

weight is a measure of the force between two masses, bathroom scales are a good example, multiply your mass in kg * 9.81 = force in newtons, if you are in freefall you are weightless

Scales - depending on the size of the mass maybe 'balance scales' or 'bathroom scales' or 'kitchen scales'. Mass is the proper scientific word for 'weight'

Weight is the pull of gravity on a mass, it is measured in a gravity field using a weighing machine (bathroom scales are an example) Mass is an intrinsic property of matter, it is a measure of an object's resistance to acceleration (a change in its state of motion) when a force is applied.

You could put the mass on a bathroom scale, weigh it, and then divide its weight by the acceleration of gravity.

Newer scales like digital and spring scales, measure the force your body exerts on the pad you're standing on, which is your weight. The scale then divides your weight by gravity to give you your mass.

The kilogram is a measure of mass, not a measure of force. His mass will remain the same (i.e. 60kg) regardless of the gravitational field he is in. But as the moon has a weaker gravitational field than the Earth the bathroom scales that stopped at 60 on the Earth will stop at 10 on the Moon.

Weight or mass.

To measure mass.

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