Thu February 26, 2009 By:

Does a weighing scale measure mass or weight of a body?

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Thu February 26, 2009

A weighing scale measures the weight of body .In principle, following is how we would measure the inertial mass of an object. We choose a "reference" object and define its mass mB as (say) 1 kilogram. Then we can measure the mass of any other object in the universe by colliding it with the reference object and measuring the accelerations.

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