I just want to check my understanding of this:
Suppose I have a balance scale, with a small dense weight in the left pan and a large less-dense weight in the right pan. It happens to balance.
Now I move my scale and my weights into a vacuum. I expect it to tilt to the right.
My question is whether the following constitutes a full and accurate explanation of why it tips to the right:
1) The upward air pressure on the bottom of the left pan is equal to the upward air pressure on the bottom of the right pan. This equality still holds when I move to the vacuum (where both pressures are zero).
2) The gravitational force on both sides is unchanged when I move to the vacuum.
3) The downward air pressure on the top of the left pan is greater than the downward air pressure on the top of the right pan, because the large weight on the right displaces a bunch of air. When I move to the vacuum, this pressure disappears on both sides, which is a bigger reduction on the left than it is on the right.
4) This accounts for all the forces, and shows that the net reduction in downward force on the left side is larger than the net reduction in downward force on the right side. Therefore the scale tilts to the right.
Is that story both complete and correct?