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Weighing with Taring using an Analytical Balance

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Practise accurately weighing a small mass of solid using an analytical balance. Explore different options and understand the consequence of these choices.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how to check the balance is clean and use the spatula correctly
  • Learn how to tare the balance appropriately given the high sensitivity
  • Measure out a given mass of solid accurately in the enclosed scale
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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  
  • Why excess sample should not be placed back into the stock container 
  • 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
  • Why the doors of the balance should be closed when taring the balance and weighing the sample

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