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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