You have a balance scale with two pans. You have a set of five weights. You wish to weigh objects that weigh an integer number of grams.
Solve these scenarios:
1) If you put the object in the left pan and put weights in the right pan, what is the weight of the heaviest object that can be weighed, and what are the weights of the five weights?
2) Like #1, but you can put weights in either or both pans.
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