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Before the existence of beam balance and other instrument for measuring mass....how was mass of a substance determined

asked Dec 19, 2016 in Mechanical by Safo Kofi (7 points)
edited Feb 2 by slow_learner | 43 views

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If you look into history of weighing scales ,you can see they are dated back from our ancient days 2000 b.c ,

and they were used to weigh or compare items.

Balances shown in Egyptian paintings:


As there were no formulas or scanning devices which are available today to weigh even nano particles.

Spring scales came into wide usage in the United Kingdom after 1840 when R. W. Winfield developed the candlestick scale for weighing letters and packages


In modern age, you can find mass using several laws or formulae like:

Mass = Volume * Density

Mass = Force / acceleration

answered Dec 19, 2016 by jiya (218 points)
edited Jan 11 by jiya
Then it really took the Wright brothers a lot to build their flight....that's using lift to overcome weight..