# Weight of object as measured on spring scales

• dink87522

#### dink87522

The system below is in equilibrium with m = 6.2kg. The spring scales are in Newton units.
Please see the attached diagram http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/9729/74379922.png [Broken]

I'm not sure what the spring scales would show in this case. Is it simply 0?

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the scale would read 6.2 kg i am pretty sure , think of it this way , that is no different
then having the scale tied to the wall and hanging a 6.2kg from it off the other end .

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## 1. How does a spring scale measure the weight of an object?

A spring scale measures weight by using the principle of Hooke's law, which states that the force exerted by a spring is directly proportional to the distance it is stretched or compressed. The scale has a spring attached to it that stretches when an object is placed on it. The amount of stretch in the spring is then converted into a weight measurement.

## 2. Are spring scales accurate for measuring weight?

Spring scales can be accurate for measuring weight, but it depends on the quality and calibration of the scale. Some spring scales may have a margin of error, so it is important to use a high-quality scale and calibrate it regularly for accurate measurements.

## 3. Can spring scales measure the weight of any object?

Spring scales can measure the weight of most objects, as long as they are within the weight capacity of the scale. However, they may not be suitable for measuring very heavy objects, as the spring may become overstretched and affect the accuracy of the measurement.

## 4. How do I convert the weight measured on a spring scale to other units?

The weight measured on a spring scale is usually given in units of mass, such as grams or kilograms. To convert to other units, you can use conversion factors or online conversion tools. It is important to note that the conversion may not be exact, as it depends on the accuracy of the scale and the conversion method used.

## 5. Can spring scales be used for scientific experiments?

Spring scales can be used for scientific experiments, but it is important to consider the accuracy and precision of the scale for the specific experiment. In some cases, more precise measuring instruments, such as electronic scales, may be necessary for accurate results.