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# Weight differences in scale in Mexico versus Alaska

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Please answer the question using these types of ideas. It is a conceptual question that needs a detailed explanation: If you should buy a quantity of gold in Mexico and weigh it careully on a spring balance, would the same quantity of gold weigh more, less, or the same if weighed on the same spring balance in Alaska? Defend your answer.

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Consider the latitude theta, with the weight of the body represented by W = mg - m*Re*w*cos^2(theta), where Re is the radius of ...

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The solution provides an answer to whether the weight of gold on a spring balance scale will differ grandly in different geographical locations. The latitude theta and angular rotation of the Earth on its axis is taken into account in the calculation.

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