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koolman2
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join:2002-10-01
Anchorage, AK
reply to prairiesky

Re: Weights and measures

Pounds and grams both measure the same thing: mass. 5 kg = 11.023 lbs on Earth as well as the moon.



arandomguy

@suddenlink.net

Nope. Grams and their variants are a measure of the amount of mass an object has. Pounds is a measure of the force of gravity over an object. An object will weigh less on the moon, but will still have the same mass. Does no one take science class these days?


prairiesky

join:2008-12-08
canada
kudos:2
reply to koolman2

there is a mass pound, but the general term lb/pound refers to a weight, which is a force not a mass. Because the mass pound and the force pound (weight) are so closely labeled, Grams are much preferred for use of mass.



cowboyro
Premium
join:2000-10-11
Shelton, CT

said by prairiesky:

there is a mass pound, but the general term lb/pound refers to a weight, which is a force not a mass.

No they are not.
lbs are imperial units for mass, kilograms are [SI] units for mass.