Do I Weigh Less at the Equator than at the Poles due to "Centrifugal" Force?

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Offline chris

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I was asked this question and I wonder whether anyone has any figures they can put to it please?

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I was asked this question and I wonder whether anyone has any figures they can put to it please?

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The answer to the question is yes, but not only because of centrifugal force, because of pole buckling too.
I found this pictures: 9.78 m/s2 at the Equator and 9.83 m/s2 at the poles.

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May I suggest that if you are buying anything real expensive like polonium 206 or antimatter or vanilla essence you have it weighed out with a scale calibrated against a standard mass with all this variation in 'G' that we have discussed
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Yes; a balance rather than a spring.

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Decent analytical balances include test masses to calibrate themselves to avoid this problem. Typically they will weigh 100g to +/- 0.00001g so moving them a few floors up or down the building will influence the calibration.
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