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Weight and mass are often used interchangeably in day to day use that it's easy to confuse the two when you're first introduced to physics. 

Weight is the force pulling an object down due to gravity whereas mass is a measure of the amount of matter in the object.

What are the units associated with weight? With mass?

Would you weigh the same on different planets? Would you have the same mass?

Which of Newton's laws helps describe the effect of gravitational force on weight?

For guidance in answering the above questions or for more information, look here.

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