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Top-loading Balance


Use a top loading balance to weigh solid material when a precision of 0.1 g is adequate. For more accurate mass measurements or small amounts, use an analytical balance.

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Using a Top-loading Balance
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Check if the balance is turned on. If not, press the on/off button and wait until the display reads 0.0 g.
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Place a container or large, creased weighing paper on the balance pan. Push tare button to zero the balance.

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Carefully add substance to the container or paper. Record mass.
Clean-up
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Use the brush provided to clean any spills. Discard any disposable tare containers, weighing paper, or Kimwipes in the nearest wastebasket.
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