After a few colleagues asked for my assistance on the subject, I decided to write about "What is 'apparent weight'". If you're still unsure, stick with me…

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For a body immersed in a fluid (such as air), the resultant of the gravitational force and the buoyant force of the fluid acting on the body. Equal in magnitude to the true weight minus the weight of the displaced fluid.

In physics, apparent weight is a property of objects that corresponds to how heavy an object is.

The apparent weight of an object will differ from the weight of an object whenever the force of gravity acting on the object is not balanced by an equal but opposite normal force.

By definition, the weight of an object is equal to the magnitude of the force of gravity acting on it.

These are a few popular questions people ask:

## Apparent weight

### Is apparent weight a vector or scalar...

This definition means that apparent weight is a vector that can make a move in any direction, not just vertically. You might already be aware that the earth attracts everybody towards its centre with some force of attraction known as the gravity force. Because of this force of gravity, all bodies experience their weight.

### What determines an object's weight...

An objects weight is how hard gravity pulls on it. Gravity is a basic part of nature where all objects with mass attract each other. The Earth's mass of 5,973,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 kg pulls objects towards it with quite a large force!

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