What Is the Difference Between Mass and Volume?

Mass Versus Volume

This balance illustrates the difference between mass and volume.
This balance illustrates the difference between mass and volume. The two sets of objects have equal mass, but the yellow balls take up more volume than the blue balls. Matt Meadows, Getty Images

Mass and volume are two units used to measure objects. Mass is the amount of matter an object contains, while volume is how much space it takes.

Example: A bowling ball and a basketball are about the same volume as each other, but the bowling ball has much more mass.

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