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#### limpet chicken

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##### Milligram/microgram scales
« on: December 30, 2004, 07:52:52 PM »
I am looking to aqquire some scales, I need one capable of weighing micrograms, accurate to at least 5mcg and a seperate scale capable of weighing from milligrams to grams, accurate to a single milligram, and up to thirty grams maximum, shipping to the uk, and paid via paypal, solo card or maestro card.

The top priority is the milligram scale, which I will need regularly, it must be an electric scale, with zero (tare?) function and be accurate to 1mg, I have a small problem however, I am almost totally mathematically illiterate, having had a great deal of problems in school learning even basic elements of addition/subtraction/multiplication without using a calculator

So I have a simple question to ask of you people here, I have seen a CHEAP scale, at an online ethnobotanical store (read: psychoactive plant supply shop )
that I know sells good quality merchandise of all sorts, the scale is marked as accurate to 0.01 grams, is that a milligram scale?

Sorry for a stupid question like this, it's not for homework or anything, as I left school a few years ago, and its kind of embarrassing to have to ask something as basic as this, but 0.01 grams is 1mg right?

I suppose I can justify a post of a question like this, as I also need advice on a good source for a microgram scale

Thanks.
« Last Edit: December 30, 2004, 07:54:45 PM by limpet chicken »
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##### Re:Milligram/microgram scales
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2004, 09:33:39 PM »
Well, take a look at the decimal point position.  Each place represents a tenth, so 0.01 grams means 1/102 grams.  Therefore, no, that scale is not in milligrams.  It is accurate to 1 centigram, or 10 mg.  1 g = 1000 mg.
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##### Re:Milligram/microgram scales
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2004, 10:51:14 PM »
Thanks Jdurg, for the answer, I appreciate it, saved me from making a purchase I didn't need, I don't actually understand the decimal notation though, that is how bad I am at anything mathematical.

I can add, devide, subtract and multiply, using a calculator, or count change (usually), but that is the extent of my ability
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##### Re:Milligram/microgram scales
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2004, 11:17:12 AM »
please find below some information for the balance:
1. Analytical balance
Manufacture : A&D
Max weighing capacity up to: 60gm
Price : US$2150. 2. Microbalance Manufacture: Sartorius Max weighing capacity up to 5.1 gm Readability : 1 microgram Price : US$18600.

3. Microbalance
Manufacture: Sartorius
Max weighing capacity up to 2.1 gm
Price : US$26450. Wow, it is very expensive. Please search www.coleparmer.com/catalog/product_index.asp?cls=113&par=75&cat=1&referred_id=96-62k - « Last Edit: December 31, 2004, 11:21:22 AM by kevins » #### movies • Organic Minion • Retired Staff • Sr. Member • Posts: 1973 • Mole Snacks: +222/-20 • Gender: • Better living through chemistry! ##### Re:Milligram/microgram scales « Reply #4 on: January 23, 2005, 04:55:17 PM » please find below some information for the balance: 1. Analytical balance Manufacture : A&D Max weighing capacity up to: 60gm Readability: 1mg or 0.0001 gm Price : US$ 2150.

Is the readability here a typo, or does readability mean something else?

1 mg = 0.001 g

so a balance accurate to 0.0001 g is accurate to 0.1 mg, right?

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##### Re:Milligram/microgram scales
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2005, 10:28:51 AM »
Correct.  That is why it costs over \$2000.
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