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Which is heavier?
In the story of Archimedes and the Crown we saw how Archimedes was able to catch a gold thief by weighing King Hiero's crown. So how do you do that?
Copyright 1997, Doug Craigen
There's one other thing you might have learned from teetertotters - two different size kids can balance if the heavier one sits closer to the middle. (This is the start of understanding something called leverage that Archimedes studied too - something I'll write more about later.) So when you want to weigh things by balancing them, it is important to make sure that they are both the same distance from the middle. One way to do this is instead of putting them on top, you hang them underneath in a pan. Then you can make sure the strings holding the pans are each the same distance from the middle.
Copyright 2004 Doug Craigen