You can weigh all integer masses from 1 to 60 with 6 weights putting the weights in one pan and the object in the other pan. Which weights are used?

What about weighing all integer masses from 1 to 1000?

What about from 1 to n?

What could this have to do with the way computers work?

For a bigger challenge can you find how many weights are needed if you put weights in both pans?

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