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How scales work compared to balances?

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February 11, 2008 7:12AM

In simple terms, the following can be said:

A balance is used to caluculate the mass of an object in comparison to a known weight.

A scale is used to measure the force exerted on a mass by the gravity of the earth, then to convert that measurement into a calculation of the object's mass.

Therefore, we actually measure mass, not weight.

A scale provides much more precise calculations than does a balance.