Strolling with a skeptical biochemist
Physical balance. Street hawkers and shops in many countries use (used?) this to weigh things for customers.Ravi
Oh great. Now I have to wonder all day what the weights of the seven missing counterweights were.
I have one very similar to this that was actually used for weighing postal mail.
Corneel, only one of the counterweights is missing (the lightest one).Do you want me to post the masses of the others?
Do you want me to post the masses of the others?Yes, please. I have been unable to work it out :-(
Do you want me to post the masses of the others?Yes, please. I have been unable to work it out :-(8oz, 4oz, 2oz, 1oz, ½oz, ¼oz.I assume the missing one is 1/8oz.The balance was designed to weigh letters in a post office.
I actually considered the weights to increase x2 with every increment, but dismissed that possibility as being too difficult to work with. Rather, I expected something that would fit in with the decimal system. I would never have guessed about the ounces either. I am used to the metric system.Oh well, thanks for the information. My mind is at ease now.