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Physics Demo Manual

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Weighing

Purpose:

To illustrate the distinction between mass and weight.

Procedure:

Discuss mass (inertia) as determined by the difficulty in accelerating the unknown weight, and weight (force) as determined by the attraction of the earth.

Equipment:

  • Beam Balance
  • Spring Balance
  • Weights