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What is the metric instrument used to find mass?

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2011-09-14 11:06:48
2011-09-14 11:06:48

A triple-beam balance. Since grams are used to measure mass, which is independent of gravity, a balance is used. That way, no matter the gravity, the correct mass is given. Yes, there can be scales made, specific to earth's gravity that would measure mass, but they would only be accurate on earth.

Answer RefinementAny type of balance can be used, it doesn't have to be a triple-beam.

A spring operated scale can also be used.

Both types of balances must be adequately calibrated to give reliable answers.

In addition to balances and scales there are a large number of other ways for measuring mass. Nearly any measurable quantity that can be related to mass can be used to measure mass. For example, the mass of a single charged molecule can be calculated based on how the particle behaves in an electric and/or magnetic field. If the various measured quantities are in metric units then the resulting mass is also in metric units.

Or, the mass of an abject can be determined by how fast it's position changes with time when dropped in a gravitational field. In this case, the measuremnt instrument might be a stop watch (which is a metric instrument).

There are many ways, and instruments, that can be used to determine the mass of an object.

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