Take a rubber band. Construct a balance of your own using a rubber band. Check its accuracy by weighing various objects.

Difficulty: Medium

We know that the length of a rubber band increases on stretching it. Similarly, the pointer of a spring balance is lowered when a body is suspended from it. It is because the length of the spring inside the balance increases depending upon the weight of the suspended body.

A rubber band scale will be fairly accurate, but only for a short time. Eventually, the rubber band will begin to stretch and wear out. A better scale may be made by substituting a metal spring for the rubber band. Such a scale will be just as accurate, and because the spring is made of metal, it will last much longer.

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