## Mass and Weight

Weight and mass are quite distinct concepts.The mass

\[m\]

of a body is a measure of the 'amount of stuff' in a body.The weight

\[W\]

of a body is a measure of the force, specifically the force of gravity acting on a body.Despite being different concepts, mass and weight are related at each point in space by the equation

\[W=mg\]

where \[g\]

is the acceleration due to gravity at that point and is equal to about \[9.8 m/s^2\]

on the Earth's surface.The above equation ignores all forces except the force of gravity. It would not be true for a charged particle in an electric field because the force would be at least partially electric, so would not be due solely to gravity.