The Difference Between Mass and Weight

Why is it difficult to push a car? The video, produced by Veritasium, challenges people to answer this question scientifically. Then, a discussion of weight versus mass follows. Finally, it presents an answer and explanation highlighting the difference between mass and weight.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss the role of friction in the given scenario
  • Relate the video to Newton's Laws of Motion
Classroom Considerations

  • Works well in a traditional or flipped classroom

  • Requires very little time
  • Encourages thinking through a question before learning the answer

  • None