# matter mass and volume

## whats the matter

Matter is all the stuff that exists in the universe. Everything you can see and touch is made of matter, including you! The only things that arent matter are forms of energy, such as light and sound. In science, matter is defined as anything that has mass and volume. Mass and volume measure different aspects of matter.

## volume

Volume is a measure of the amount of space that a substance or an object takes up. The basic SI unit for volume is the cubic meter (m3 ), but smaller volumes may be measured in cm3 , and liquids may be measured in liters (L) or milliliters (mL). How the volume of matter is measured depends on its state. The volume of a liquid is measured with a measuring container, such as a measuring cup or graduated cylinder. The volume of a gas depends on the volume of its container: gases expand to fill whatever space is available to them. The volume of a regularly shaped solid can be calculated from its dimensions. For example, the volume of a rectangular solid is the product of its length, width, and height. The volume of an irregularly shaped solid can be measured by the displacement method. You can read below how this method works. Click image to the left or use the URL below. URL: Q: How could you find the volume of air in an otherwise empty room? A: If the room has a regular shape, you could calculate its volume from its dimensions. For example, the volume of a rectangular room can be calculated with the formula: Volume = length width height If the length of the room is 5.0 meters, the width is 3.0 meters, and the height is 2.5 meters, then the volume of the room is: Volume = 5.0 m 3.0 m 2.5 m = 37.5 m3 Q: What is the volume of the dinosaur in the diagram above? A: The volume of the water alone is 4.8 mL. The volume of the water and dinosaur together is 5.6 mL. Therefore, the volume of the dinosaur alone is 5.6 mL - 4.8 mL = 0.8 mL.

## mass

Mass is a measure of the amount of matter in a substance or an object. The basic SI unit for mass is the kilogram (kg), but smaller masses may be measured in grams (g). To measure mass, you would use a balance. In the lab, mass may be measured with a triple beam balance or an electronic balance, but the old-fashioned balance pictured below may give you a better idea of what mass is. If both sides of this balance were at the same level, it would mean that the fruit in the left pan has the same mass as the iron object in the right pan. In that case, the fruit would have a mass of 1 kg, the same as the iron. As you can see, however, the fruit is at a higher level than the iron. This means that the fruit has less mass than the iron, that is, the fruits mass is less than 1 kg. Q: If the fruit were at a lower level than the iron object, what would be the mass of the fruit? A: The mass of the fruit would be greater than 1 kg. Mass is commonly confused with weight. The two are closely related, but they measure different things. Whereas mass measures the amount of matter in an object, weight measures the force of gravity acting on an object. The force of gravity on an object depends on its mass but also on the strength of gravity. If the strength of gravity is held constant (as it is all over Earth), then an object with a greater mass also has a greater weight. Q: With Earths gravity, an object with a mass of 1 kg has a weight of 2.2 lb. How much does a 10 kg object weigh on Earth? A: A 10 kg object weighs ten times as much as a 1 kg object: 10 2.2 lb = 22 lb

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## questions

the only thing that is not matter is energy.

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b. false
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the mass of an object is the

``````-->  a) amount of matter it contains.

b) force of gravity acting on it.

c) amount of space it takes up.

d) amount of water it displaces.
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the si unit for mass is the gram.

``````a. true

-->  b. false
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the volume of a liquid is measured with a

``````-->  a) graduated cylinder.

b) metric ruler.

c) pan balance.

d) scale.
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