Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2005 12:41:44 -0400
Author: Aaron Titus
Subject: Re: mass balances
Thanks for the tip.
It seems that the Ohaus hanging pan balances have the advantage of
reading to 0.01 g. The triple-bream balances have the advantage of
holding large beakers or graduated cylinders and can read as high as
2.6 kg, though only as low as 0.1 g.
I decided to go with the hanging pan balances for the precision and
to purchase one triple-beam balance for those instances when it's
On Jun 21, 2005, at 11:26 AM, cablem wrote:
> Hi Aaron,
> I ordered some balances near the beginning of my time here at Wake.
> I went for the cheaper, smaller beam balances from Ohaus. They're
> great balances, BUT, now, my larger beakers don't fit! Fortunately,
> I can work around it. In addition, the larger balances can mass
> heavier things. So, I recommend going with the larger triple beam
> On 6/20/2005 2:51 PM, Aaron Titus wrote:
>> Oh, physics equipment gurus...
>> I need to buy some balances and am looking at buying both the
>> Ohaus triple-beam and cent-o-gram balances (I need both balances
>> since each meets a different need). I prefer the mechanical
>> balances because I want it to be obvious to students that mass is
>> measured by a balance and weight by the stretching of a spring so
>> that if you do the same measurements on Earth and Moon, you'll
>> get the same result using the balance but a different result
>> using the spring.
>> (Yes, I know that springs are the only apparatuses used to
>> measure weight.)
>> 1. Do you have a particular supplier that you recommend?
>> 2. Do you recommend these particular balances or do you like
>> balances made by a different company?
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