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Balances and Glassware for Solution Preparation

Author(s): David R. Caprette, PhD

Open Beam Balance – Demonstration 1

A two pan open beam balance is especially convenient for balancing centrifuge tubes. In a centrifuge, the rotor must be balanced by placing tubes of equal weight opposite each other. An unbalanced rotor can fly off its mount, shatter, or both, thus damaging the centrifuge and possibly causing serious injuries to personnel.