is the amount of matter an object has. We often use a triple-balance
beam to measure mass.
A triple-beam balance gets its name because
it has three beams that allow you to move known masses along the
Here is a
picture of a triple beam balance. You probably have used one in
are also many other types of balances. Scientists need balances
that can measure very small amounts of mass.
If you are
interested at looking at the many other types of balances click here.
If you are
using a triple beam balance in school you might want to brush
up on your skills on how to use a triple-beam
triple beam balance compares a known mass to an unknown mass it
is unaffected by gravity. Unlike a spring scale which really measures
weight, the triple beam balance gives a true measure of mass.
Do you often
get confused between mass and weight? Check out the Mass vs. Weight Page
time to practice your skills using the triple-beam balance.
A block is
put onto a triple beam balance.
is the mass of the object (to the closest tenth of a gram?
Click on the
picture below and get a closer look at reading the scale after
the scale has been balanced. Remember to find the mass using a
triple beam balance you must add the mass values of each of the
answer in the space provided below, then hit the submit button.
mass of the object is:
your answer for Block I in the space provided:
need a calculator one is available. Click on calculator button
on the right side.
block having the same dimensions is now put on the scale. What
is the mass of this object?
your answer for Block II in the space provided:
both objects were put on the scale at the same time their total
mass would be :
continue to the next chapter on volume.