Jul 3 – 7, 2023
Faculty of Science, UPJS, Košice, Slovakia
Europe/Bratislava timezone

Do It Yourself: a Simple Model of the Kibble Balance

Jul 4, 2023, 11:40 AM
Room 5 (Platón)

Room 5


Oral presentation Lab work and experiments in physics education Lab work and experiments


Leoš Dvořák


The Kibble balance is an instrument used for determining mass in the new definition of the SI system. The fact that this is a rather complex device may complicate students’ understanding of how the unit of mass is now defined. A simple model (showing just the “electromagnetic part” of the Kibble balance, not the relation of a kilogram to Planck's constant) can help understand the principle of this device. The paper will present the construction of such a simple model, show how to use it in both velocity and force modes, and discuss the results of measurements.

How would you like to present your contribution? Live in Košice (time slot to be allotted based on the programme)
Target education level (primary) Upper-secondary education
Target education level (secondary, optional) In-service teacher education

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