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Unboxing the Dune Balance from Adam Equipment

Unboxing the Dune Balance from Adam Equipment

Emma Dent is unboxing the Dune DCT601 Compact Balance from Adam Equipment, running through the features that make up this unit.

But that’s not all—Emma is going to show some various things you can do with this balance and do a quick demo of the GCSE Physics Required Practical – Density.

A reliable partner for quick delivery of accurate readings, the portable Dune DCT601 Compact Balance is available via many science equipment suppliers, in this instance, Emma’s is from the guys at VITTA Education.

With a user-friendly design, automatic calibration, and easy-to-read display, it simplifies precision measurements. The large high-contrast display ensures effortless readability, while its energy-saving mode, overload protection, and versatile power options make this blue balance a must-have for any setting.



Transcript summary below:

Hi, welcome to LaBLiFe. I’m Emma, a senior science technician at a secondary school in Cambria. I’ve got some goodies here from the lovely people at VITTA, the VITTA Group. They’ve sent me a Dune Compact to try out. Let’s see what’s in the box.

So, what’s in here? We’ve got your instructions, pop it into your laptop, have a look. We have the top of the balance. In here is an adapter, nice long, easy to use. Then the balance itself. I can open it here, nice, and you can put batteries in which is brilliant for using in the classrooms because not always are there plug sockets close by. So let’s put those in. It takes six AA batteries. Six batteries in there, going to pop back. They should fit in nicely.

So we’ve got a nice little compact balance. On/off switch, nice big display which is brilliant, easy to use in the classroom. It’s also got different units so all you have to do is press it and then you’ve got pounds and press it you’ve got ounces. So we like and to ounces, if you look it’s three decimal places, grams it’s to one decimal place, pounds it’s got four decimal places. So we’ll go back to grams. So I’ve just got it back on grams. So if you look, it’s 0 grams to that one decimal place. But what’s really nice is when you put it down, if you look here, it’s got a stable symbol and there’s a little arrow pointing when it’s stable. So if you accidentally put it down at wonky, it’ll let you know that it’s wonky. It’s got a tear button so whatever you put on it’ll go back to zero. So I shall just grab a little glass cylinder, 10 ml glass cylinder, I’ll put that on and let that settle. So if I press the tear button, it’ll go back to zero. So again, it’s great to use for practicals, one that we use quite a lot here is the density practical.

03:35: GCSE Density Practical

So we can have a little go at that and we can work out some density. So I thought I’d do a little practical one that we use quite a bit. We work out the where the children work out the density of items. So I thought it’d be really cool to do the density of liquid. So the density of water should be 1 gram per cm cubed. So we’ll see how accurate our little balance is. So all I’ve done now is I’ve zeroed one of our little glass cylinders and I’m going to put 10 cm cubes of water in and then we’ll weigh it again. Fingers crossed hopefully this is great. It’ll say 10 grams. So what I can do is I’m going to take it off and put 10 cm cubes of water. Right, I’ve put my 10 cm cubes of water. I’ve been as accurate as I can so hopefully if our balance is perfect which I’m sure it is it will say 10 grams. Look at that, that’s brilliant. Right, let’s see how accurate it is. Let’s find something else. I’ve got some ethanol I can get that. So I’ve got another glass cylinder, nice clean one. I’m going to pop that on there and zero it. And then just like before but this time not with water, I’m going to use some ethanol and then we’re going to see what the density of ethanol is. So we’ve got our 10 cm cubes of ethanol and I know that ethanol, the density of ethanol is 7.89 grams per cm cubed. So we’ve got 10 cm in here so we’re looking for 7.9. That’s brilliant, look at that, these are fab, these are great. Right, just for fun, should we find something else? So just for fun and because I wanted to find something yellow or like my t-shirt, I’ve got some washing up liquid. I’m not going to tell you what the brand is and we can work out what the density is. So just like before we’ve got our cylinder, I’m going to pop it on there, I’m going to zero it with the tear button and then I’m going to add 10 ml washing up liquid, bearing in mind I have to wash this up. Let’s see how we go. So let’s find out the washing up real quick. You think it’ll be heavier than the water, lighter than the alcohol? Hey, it’s the same. The density of washing up liquid is the same. Oh no, look, slightly heavier.

06:47: Things To Do

So just to show you a few things that the balance can do. Obviously, it weighs stuff but it has a 600 gram maximum weight. So I thought I’d just get six of these 100 gram weights that we use quite a lot just to have a check and pop them on the balance. And as you can see, that’s brilliant, they’re 600 grams. What happens if I want to put 1,000 grams on? So I’ve got our little 1 kilo weight here. I’m going to pop that on. It has an overload indicator so it’s telling us that they’re too heavy. So it’s got a safety feature telling you that the maximum weight is 600 grams. Brilliant, you can have quite a few of these in a classroom, easy for the kids to use, really durable, easy to clean. This bit just pops off. Batteries make it brilliant. You can use it anywhere. If you didn’t have batteries, you can always plug it in. Don’t forget to read the instructions!

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