What Is Mass in Science?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 26, 2020 4:36:39 AM ET
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In science, mass is the amount of matter an object has. Newton's second law says that mass is the property of matter that determines the force required to impart a given acceleration to an object.

Mass will always be a fixed quantity. Mass is not the same thing as weight. If one takes something with the mass of 5 kilograms to the moon, the mass does not change, even though the weight is only 1/6 of what it is on the Earth. The standard measurement used for this fixed quantity is always kilograms. The kilogram is an internationally recognized measurement for mass.