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Inertial Balance

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Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
Audience: Educators, Informal Education

Grade Levels: 5-12
Publication Year: 1997
Product Number: EG-1997-08-110-HQ
Subjects: Mathematics, General Science, Physical Science

Scales and beam balances do not work in microgravity. In this activity, teachers will construct inertial balances so that groups of students will be able to demonstrate how oscillation is used to measure mass where there is little to no gravity. "Student reader" pages provide background information about inertia and microgravity. Student learning may be assessed through the calibration graphs and data sheets.

Inertial Balance [158KB PDF file]

This activity is part of the Microgravity Educator Guide.

Page Last Updated: December 31st, 2014
Page Editor: Flint Wild