DankChunkyButtAgain t1_ja94q1r wrote

This is why in engineering you learn that pounds can be either a force or a mass, designated lbm or lbf. Pounds mass is based around the gravitational constant only, so it is a weight but because the gravitation constant is standardized it can also be a form of mass. Pounds force accounts for the gravitational constant where the object physically is or needs to be studied. For earth, pounds mass and pounds force are the same. Anywhere else, they will differ.


Edit: For those who don't know, a slug is the actual imperial unit of mass