Difference Between Top Loading and Analytical Balance

An Analytical Balance weights to 0.0001 g while a Precision Balance weighs up to 0.01 g

An Analytical Balance weights to 0.0001 g while a Precision Balance weighs up to 0.01 g

If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between a precision scale and an analytical balance then this experiment will be instructive.  The document explains the difference between mass and weight and the functioning of the top loading precision scale and the analytical balance.  It then goes on to discuss precision, accuracy, significant figures, and error analysis (linked elsewhere), and finally, it explains the experiment that will be used to demonstrate the workings of both these balances.  As with instructions on using an analytical balance in other places on our blog, this document too highlights the critical aspect of working with these sensitive measuring devices.

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Bob began working as a chemist in 1987 and remains a science geek to this day. After his PhD he worked on the bench in materials and inorganic chemistry for 10 years. He then took on a love for marketing and sales. He combined his passion for science and business and took entrapreneur general management positions in large corporations like Hoecsht Celanese now Sanofi Aventis, Bel-Art and Smiths Detection. There he learned what it would take to run a business and finally Tovatech was co-founded in 2006. Bob’s hobbies include playing, listening and composing music, skiing, working out, the internet and all things science.