FunTrivia Homepage New Questions Unanswered Post a Question Goto Qn # Archives

# If you have a balance scale what is the minimum number of weights that can be used to weigh any number of pounds from one to forty...What are the weights?

Question #26870. Asked by RND. (Jan 22 03 10:25 PM)

sequoianoir

You can do it with just 4 weights.

They are 1lbs, 3lbs, 9lbs and 27lbs

 Jan 23 03, 12:20 AM
Gnomon

You do with four weights (1, 3, 9 and 27) by putting weights on both sides of the scale. For example, to weigh something which is 25 pounds, you but 27 and 1 on one side, 3 on the other side, and the item you are weighing on the same side as the 3.

 Jan 23 03, 7:59 AM

 Sign up to see all responses! Create a Free ID instantly to see all recent responses, post your own follow-ups or questions, and access over 1,000,000 trivia questions! Choose a User Name: Your Email Address: Choose a Password: I agree by the terms outlined in FunTrivia's Conditions of Use

### Other Similar Questions & Answers

 Why do all weights that are dropped on people in programmes like 'Monty Python' weigh 16 tons?

### Suggested Related FunTrivia Quizzes - 90,000 currently online

1 "The Number 23" (2007)
 If you saw this film directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Jim Carrey, I hope you enjoy this quiz.
N Easy
10 Q
christopherm
Aug 19 07
1173 plays
2 The Number 2s of the 1960s
 These songs (please excuse the cliche) were the bridesmaids, but not the bride. I hope you have fun with this one.
1960s Music Tough
10 Q
Jun 20 07
1065 plays
3 Number 1s of the '90s
 I will give you the first line of a song that was number 1 in the '90s and you have to give me the name of the song. All of these songs were number one in the UK singles chart.
1990s Music Average
25 Q
raggedyann
Aug 30 04
5820 plays

"Ask FunTrivia" is for entertainment purposes only, and answers offered are unverified and unchecked by FunTrivia. We cannot guarantee the accuracy or veracity of ANY statement posted. Feel free to post an updated response if you feel that an answer is inadequate or incorrect. Please thoroughly research items where accuracy is important to you using multiple reliable sources. By accessing our website, you agree to be bound by our terms of service.