# Question #8ca10

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Weight and gravitational force are not equal. The difference between them is that weight is a quantity of matter contained by the object, whereas gravitational force is a force that attracts any object with mass, no matter how little it is.

#### Explanation:

Weight can be worked with the equation

We can say that weight and gravitational force are equal. The difference between them is that we tend not to use the term "weight" when large bodies like planets and suns are being described.

#### Explanation:

Mass and gravitational force (or weight) are not equal. The difference between them is that mass is a quantity of matter contained by the object, whereas gravitational force is a force of attraction between any 2 objects with mass.

Weight, W, can be calculated with the equation

where m is the mass of the object and g is the local acceleration due to gravity.

Gravitational force and weight are basically the same or equal (excepting the preference not to use weight with large bodies). They both use the same SI units -- Newtons.

I hope this helps,

Steve