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Weighing by Taring using a Top Pan Balance

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Practise using a top pan balance and accurately measure out a given mass of solid.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how to ensure the apparatus is clean and select an appropriate container to weigh your sample
  • Learn how to tare the balance correctly and use a spatula to carefully transfer the sample
  • Weigh out a given mass of solid accurately
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Using Instruments and Equipment

  • What makes a suitable container for weighing sample in
  • How to tare the balance and transfer and weigh the desired amount of sample
  • How to reduce spillages when transferring the sample to be weighed

Obtaining and Recording Data

  • Why it is important to clean and tare the balance prior to use

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