When it comes to buying a school scale, it's useful to know how they are used so you can choose the right one. One of the most basic concepts taught at early levels is a wide category that involves weight concepts. You might think it is nothing more than putting something on the scale and reading the number, but it is so much more. Let us explain.

Weighing a substance starts with holding it in the hand and identifying the properties. What is its volume? How heavy it is relative to something else? From here, talks lead to talking about balances and scales and what weight actually means.

One of the first lessons regarding using a scale is an exploration of the relationship between balance and mass. This discussion is easily explored with a beam balance. From here, you'd move on to discussing serial orders using a scale or balance to put items in order from lightest to heaviest mass. Once past the basics, you can move onto calibration and understanding what a standard mass is for.

Now, the fun part begins, and you go way beyond just simply weighting things. Now you can use a scale to delve into density properties by noting the weight per volume. Does the size of a large orange matter when compared to the dense apple? We bet it will to those that you teach!

One thing to note, though, when deciding on which scale is best for your class, school, or lab is that most of the damage incurred is from misuse. All Torbal school scales are built with heavy duty rugged die cast metal housing that will extend the life of the scale under heavy school use. The BTA models can even be plugged into a computer via USB cord so data is easily collected for later manipulation at higher levels.

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