Test Your Knowledge of Analytical Balance Terms

Cole-Parmer touch-screen laboratory balance

Back to the basics with balances.

With all of the new technology, the terminology of analytical balances remain the same. Take the quiz below and brush up on your analytical balance terminology. (Answers are at the bottom of the page.)

1)   The maximum amount a weight reading may deviate from a straight line between zero and the maximum capacity of the balance is:

  1. Repeatability
  2. Capacity
  3. Linearity
  4. Net weight

2)    The smallest increment of weight a balance will display:

  1. Tare weight
  2. Readability
  3. Net weight
  4. Capacity

3)    A hook or connection point on the bottom of the balance that suspends items for weighing

  1. Auto zero tracking
  2. Full-scale tare
  3. Calibration mass
  4. Below-balance weighing

4)    Capability that lets users tare via computer or manually

  1. Checkweighing
  2. Digital tare
  3. Net weight
  4. Digital filters

5)    Weighing application that uses a preset reference weight to equal 100%

  1. Percent weighing
  2. Keypad calibration
  3. Net total formulation
  4. Checkweighing

See answers below. View our latest selection of analytical balances.


1) 3

2) 2

3) 4

4) 2

5) 1

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