# What is the weight of a 2.5 kg hammer on Jupiter, where the acceleration of gravity is 24.79 m/s^2 ?

Physics

• Zac Z
1 week ago

It is not only the correct thing to do but also useful to use the units when solving these problems*.

Weight in a physical context is always a force, never just mass.

You probably know the formula F = m * a

Here, a is the “acceleration of gravity” that you are given (a is short for “acceleration” as you surely know).

All you have to do is plug in the values in the formula:

F = m * a = 2.5 kg * 24.79 m/s² = 61.975 kg m/s² ≈ 62 N**

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Alternatively, you could also point out that this is a trick question as there is no “on Jupiter” since Jupiter being a gas giant does not have a surface to be “on”.  😉

* e.g., sometimes one can see by units alone that there’s an error in  calculation

** 1 N is of course the same as 1 kg m/s²

• oubaas
1 week ago

weight Wj = m*gj = 2.5*24.79 = 62.0 N (2.5 times the weight on Earth)

• Andrew Smith
1 week ago

In SI the weight is the force of gravity on the object 2.5 * 24.79 = 62N

However to a common man they think of weight in terms of how much force the earth exerts on a mass.  ie the hammer, on Jupiter, will have the same force as a mass of 6.3 kg would have on earth

• Jim
1 week ago

“weight” can mean 2 things to US metric users, Force due to gravity, or just mass.

Mass = 2.5 kg, or

F = ma

F = 2.5*24.79 = 61.975, but needs 2 sigfigs: 62. N

• Philomel
1 week ago

2.5/9.81*24.79=6.32kg