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# BALANCE SCALES

## Definition of Balance Scales

Balance Scales are the set of scales used to measure the weight of the objects.

• There are two equal pans (weighing pans) hanged to a scale at equal distance in a balance scale
• Balance scale contains a beam that tilts towards the pan with more weight. If both the pans have same weight, then the beam remains in a state of equilibrium

### Solved Example on Balance Scales

A. 6 lb
B. 6.5 lb
C. 5 lb
D. 5.6 lb

#### Solution:

Step 1: Weight of the watermelon = First weight + Second weight
Step 2: = 6 lb + 8 oz [Given]
Step 3: = 6 lb + 0.5 lb [1 lb = 16 oz]
Step 4: = 6.5 lb [Add]
Step 5: So, the weight of the watermelon is 6.5 lb.

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