# What are Weight Measurements?

## What Does Measures of weight Mean

We explain what weight measurements are and what they are for. In addition, other less common weight measurements.

## What are weight measurements?

Weight measurements are the units conventionally used to calculate the weight of a body , that is, the amount of matter in it.

Although this magnitude is more commonly known as "weight," we are actually talking about mass ; since the first will be the extent to which, under the action of gravity , the object prints a force on the surface on which it rests and, therefore, it is measured in Newtons (N).

The mass , however, responds to the amount of matter in an object and to measure conventional measures gram (g) per kilogram (kg) are used, among others.

The measure of weight to be used, in any case, will depend on many scientific and cultural variables, so that in some nations one system is used and in others another is used . To carry out measurements of this type, in any case, a balance is used: at one end or pan is placed the object and on the other side loads equivalent to its weight.

According to the International System, the standard measure of weight is the gram (g) , taken from the decimal metric system together with its extensive list of multiples: decagram (Dg), hectogram (Hg) and kilogram (Kg) that represent 10, 100 and 1000 net grams respectively.

Below, however, there are also known submultiples: decigram (dg), centigram (cg) and milligram (mg). One gram was once defined as the mass of one cubic centimeter of water to 3.98 ° C of temperature .

One measure of weight can be converted into another thanks to a more or less stable and accepted conversion factor.