The physical balance is a measuring instrument used to measure various chemicals and additives. The physical balance consists of the following parts:
- Weighing pan – The area in which an object is placed in order to be weighed.
- Base – The base rests underneath the weighing pan and can usually be customized to fit on a workbench or set up with tripod legs.
- Beams – The three beams on the balance are used to set the level of precision, with each beam working at different increments (generally 1-10 grams, 10 grams, and 100 grams).