







How much does the fish weigh? 
20170308 

From Jeri: Fish is caught that weighs 5 pounds plus half its weight. How much does the fish weigh? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Tons of sand 
20170301 

From Elizabeth: Hello my arena is 132.23 feet width by 132.23 feet length. I need to put 4 inches of sand. How many tons of sand do I need ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weights of two boxes 
20161125 

From dearbhla: One box weighs 3 3/7kg. Another box weighs 1 5/6 as much. How heavy is the second box? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of some dirt 
20160224 

From Michael: How many tons of dirt are in a triangle 14M x10M x 8.1M x .8M deep? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Three chickens weighed in pairs 
20150901 

From Shelly: My son brought home a problem of 3 chickens of different weights listing their weights in different groupings of 2. We are to determine the weight of all three together. I think it's a ratio problem, but I am too far removed to formulate a plan to teach him how to solve it. Answered by Robert Dawson and Penny Nom. 





The weight of a steel block 
20150404 

From Mark: the weight of a steel cube 37 inches X 28 inches X 7 inches Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of two dogs 
20150317 

From Renee: Darlene's dog weighed 5 times as much as Leah's dog. Together, the dogs
weighed 84 pounds. How much did each dog weigh?
Write an equation and solve Answered by Penny Nom. 





How much did each dog weigh? 
20140916 

From Fred: LJ owned two dogs that weighed a total of 140 pounds. If one dog weighed 10 pounds more than the other, how much did each dog weigh Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of salt in a basket 
20140517 

From Sumit: I want to determine how many kg of salt or XYZ thing can be filled in a basket
Length = 4.5"
Breadth = 5"
Height = 6"
Even its formulae
is kg quantity can be different for semi solid thing Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of a pipe full of water 
20130116 

From joe: how do you figure out the weight of a pipe full of water Answered by Harley Weston. 





A container of split peas 
20120906 

From Laurie: I have a container that is 471 square inches (length*width) and is 2.3 inches high. I want to cover the bottom with 1/2 inch of split peas, in order to anchor escort cards (place cards) for a wedding. How many pounds of split peas do I need to cover the area to a height of 1/2 inch? Thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of a steel plate 
20120227 

From david: what is the weight of a steel plate that is 1/2" thick, 20" wide, and 45"long if the steel weigh .28 lb per cubic inch. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of 36 inch steel pipe 
20111222 

From Keith: What is the weight of 36 inch steel pipe 3/4 wall per foot in lbs. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Ramon has 6 puppies 
20110417 

From Mary: Ramon has 6 puppies. Five of the 6 weigh the same and one puppy is heavier. If Ramon had a balance scale, what is the least number of times he could weigh the puppies to be sure he could determine which puppy was heavier? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of a tank 
20110111 

From tom: A tank, open at the top is made up of thin sheet iron 1in. thick. The internal
dimensions of the tank are 4 ft. 8in. in long ;3 ft. 6 in.in wide ;4ft 4 in. in deep
Find the weight of the tank when empty, and find the weight when full of salt
water. (Salt water weighs 64 lbs. per cu. ft., and iron is 7.2 times as heavy as
salt water) Answered by Harley Weston. 





The weight of some dirt 
20101103 

From Maggie: I am wanting to know how many tons of dirt we r going to need to fill a basement.
The measurements we r going with r 15ftx15ftx8ft. Answered by Penny Nom. 





There are 12 balls and one balls weight is different than the others 
20100812 

From david: if there was 12 balls and one balls weight is different than the other and use a balance 3 times is there a possible way to find which weigh different Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Disposing of some concrete 
20100812 

From Kathy: We are needing to dispose of concrete that we are tearing out of our
backyard and I need to figure the dimensions and weight.
I figured we have approx. 419 sq ft of concrete at 4" thick.
Could you tell me the how much that comes to in cubic ft,
cubic yards and weight. So I can get some estimates on pricing to
haul off and dispose of. thank you Answered by Harley Weston and Tyler Wood. 





12 coins 
20100707 

From Eden: We have 12 coins same in size and shape and also weight.
But among these, one coin which has same size and shape, but not in weight
and we can't know that this coin was lighter or heavier.
We must decide which coin was lighter or heavier among these 12 coins in
4 times of weighting with scale. Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Tyler Wood. 





Weighing a 1000 lb cylinder on a 500 lb scale 
20100528 

From Jerry: I am trying to weigh a large possibly 1000 lb cylinder on a 500 lb scale, is this possible? If so what is the actual formula to figure out the correct weight? I am told it is possible with the fulcrum method but have not been able to find a formula. Thanks Jerry Answered by Robert Dawson. 





A paper tube 
20100221 

From shailesh: How can i estimate weight of paper tube from size. i have paper tube
inner diameter : 22mm, thickness : 2mm, length : 14mm. so how can i got weight
of paper tube? Answered by Harley Weston and Tyler Wood. 





A trough of water 
20090915 

From Darrell: A trough that measures 4 feet long, 22 inches wide, and 18 inches high will be mounted
on a support stand. If the trough weighs 50 pounds when empty, approximately how many
pounds must the stand be able to hold when the trough is full of water? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Apparent Weight in salt water 
20090606 

From Rob: If an object weighs 100kg in air how much will it weigh when suspended in salt water?
Is there an easily used conversion calculation? Answered by Janice Cotcher. 





Formula for Volume and Weight of Water in Pipe 
20090514 

From Jonathan: Do you have a formula for the amount of water that would be in a 12" schedule
forty pipe in gal at any one time. The piping system will be under pressure
but I need to know the overall weight of a single 20' stick of pipe so that
I can determine my spacing for my concrete support inserts.
Thanks. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





The weight of water in a swimming pool 
20090310 

From ely: How much does the water in a swimming pool 20 ft long, 10 ft wide, and 6 ft deep weigh? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Gravity's Effect at a Distance 
20081206 

From ROHAN: AT WHAT HEIGHT FROM THE SURFACE OF EARTH,THE WEIGHT OF THE BODY BECOMES HALF? (RADIUS OF THE EARTH = 6400) Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The volume of a yogurt pot 
20081204 

From Robyn: Okay, I know you have some answers on converting this already, but I can not convert the yoghurt pot I need yet into ml.
Is there some way to explain this using the yoghurt as an example?
The pot's 150g of lowfat strawberry yoghurt... would the 'lowfat' have an effect on this?
I'm sorry if this is a bother for you to answer, I just don't seem to be able to get it...
Have a nice day.
 Robyn Answered by Janice Cotcher and Penny Nom. 





A weighted average 
20081127 

From Kenneth: I am interested in determining the answers to the following question by using some type of weighted average:
An investor has $30,000 to invest at simple interest in two accounts. One account earns 2% and the second earns 5%. How much must he invest in each account if his total return is 4% or $1,200? Answered by Penny. 





The weight of a concrete cylinder 
20080918 

From Curtis: I am trying to calculate the weight of a concrete cylinder. The diameter is 56" and the thickness or depth is 24". Can anyone help me? If possible I would like to see the formula as to how the answer was derived. Thank you Answered by Harley Weston. 





Four weights 
20080825 

From Darla: A balance had known weights of 1/2 lb, 1/4 lb, 1/8 lb, and 1 oz. Edna's object weighted 2 oz. more than Paul's. Each used 3 known weights to weight his or her object. which know weights did each use? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of a cubic yard of dirt 
20080721 

From Robert: I need to know how many pounds of dirt is in a cubic yard Answered by Penny Nom. 





How much sand do I order? 
20080715 

From jackson: We would like to put 2 inches of sand down. The pool is 24 feet.
How much sand will we need?
The person we spoke to yesterday was talking in tons, but on these sites it is
talking cubic yards or feet.
Please help. We would like to get the sand ordered so we can get the pool up! Answered by Harley Weston. 





The weight of concrete 
20080611 

From Daniel: I need to calculate the weight of Concrete in a slab that measures 2' x 4' x 4" thick.
I am pricing out a job and have two different size stones to work with, the second stone measures
2' x 2' x 4". Answered by Harley Weston. 





Net weight 
20080523 

From Leticia: Hello, My name is Leticia,
I am having trouble with Net weight and I need your help.
When I am in class my friends answer questions that they say are easy,but I have no clue what's happening, we are going to have a test soon so please send me fast. Answered by Janice Cotcher. 





Volume/weight of a salt shedweight 
20080521 

From James: How do I find the volume/weight of a salt shed. I have a 3000 ton barn, I need a better way of finding how much salt to order as it gets used. I know how to calculate volume, how do i get tonnage from there?? Answered by Harley Weston. 





The weight of a bar of steel 
20080422 

From Himmler: if a steel weighs 0.30 pounds per cubic inch, then the weight of a 2 inch square steel bar 90 inches long ispounds. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of 1 litre of milk 
20080407 

From IMRAN: WHAT WEIGHT IN KILOGRAMS DOES 1 LITRE OF MILK HAVE? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How much do the pumpkins weigh? 
20080405 

From Jose: Mr. Appleberry brought in pumpkins for science class, one for each group.
The fist task wa to weigh the pumpkins, but the scales they had wouldn't register
any weight under 7 pounds, and it seemed that two ot three pumpkins were under
that weight. The class decided that they could weigh the pumpkins two at a time,
so they weighed each pumpkin with each of other pumpkins.
The weights registered on the scale were:
7 pounds
8 pounds
9 pounds
10 pounds
11 pounds
12 pounds
How many pumpkins were there, and how much did each weigh? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The amount of water in a pool 
20080330 

From anurag: what will the weight of water in a swimming pool having dimensions of 18ft *10ft*5 ft?
how much water will be needed for filling it up? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A car tire full of concrete 
20080327 

From robert: I want to build a volleyball net support. I am using a car tire 24"odx16"id filled with concrete. how much will this weigh? thanks Answered by Penny Nom. 





How much does water weigh per gallon? 
20080218 

From sofie: how much does water weigh per gallon Answered by Penny Nom. 





Bales of hay 
20080206 

From mark: 5 bales of hay are weighed 2 at a time in all possible ways. The weights are
110
112
113
114
115
116
117
118
120
121
How much does each bale weigh Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





A 300 ton train locomotive is built at exact half scale in all dimensions 
20071216 

From Normand: When a 300 ton train locomotive is built at exact half scale in all dimensions
we assumed the weight would be 150 tons.
Like a bar of solid steel cut in half would be.
Why does this not work out?
What are we missing here? Answered by Penny Nom. 





I know it's heavy, but how heavy, per linear foot? 
20071119 

From Gary: I am trying to find out the weight of a linear foot of a steel bar with the following measurements.
Thickness  1.125"
Length  120"
Height  18"
Density of carbon steel  .2837
I know it's heavy, but how heavy, per linear foot? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





How many tons of asphalt are in 12 cubic yards? 
20071015 

From Matthew: I want to know how many tons of asphalt are in 12 cubic yards? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How much stone will be needed to fill the trench? 
20070914 

From Debbie: A trench 100metres long 1ft wide*18inches deep with a 4inch pipe laid. How much stone will be needed to fill the trench.
How much weight in stone would I need to fill it? Answered by Penny Nom and Victoria West. 





The weight of a hollow cylinder 
20070818 

From chris: how do you find how much a 4 foot diameter cylinder 4ft tall with a thicknees of 6 inches weigh Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





A weighted score 
20070605 

From Cindy: We need to weight numbers differently in terms of a percentage calculation. One number {80 for example} at 65% and another number {100 for example} at 35%. How do we calculate these into one total grade for example. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Buying topsoil 
20070516 

From Claudia: I am trying to figure out if it is cheaper to buy topsoil by the bag (one 40lbs bag for $1.66) or having it delivered for $60 for 4 cubic yards. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Weightng coins 
20070218 

From Gary: You are considering buying 27 silver coins that look alike, but you have been told that one of the coins is a lightweight counterfeit. Find the least number of weighings on a balance scale that you can use to be certain you have found the counterfeit coin. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Conversions 
20070209 

From Donna: Hi! I hope you can help me... What is the cost of 10 grams platinum if one ounce = $1200 (troy weight)? I REALLY appreciate your help. Can you please send me the formula to figure it out too? Thank You! Donna :) Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Baby weight gain 
20070126 

From Reynaldo: A baby weighed 3.2 kg at birth. She gained 0.17 kg per week. How old was she when she weighed 5.75 kg? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Apples, oranges, bananas and pears 
20061230 

From Richard: If 6 oranges weights as much as 4 apples, 5 bananas weights as much as 3 pears, and ten bananas weights as much as 8 oranges. How many pears and apples would you need to have their weights balanced. Answered by Penny Nom. 





I have a ditch how many tons of dirt will it take 
20060625 

From Scott: I have a ditch 200 feet long 10 feet wide and 5 feet deep.How many tons of dirt will it take to fill it? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





If a person who weighs 270 pounds on Earth 
20060510 

From Chloe: If a person who weighs 270 pounds on Earth weighs 45 pounds in space, how much would a person weigh in space who weighs 132 pounds on Earth? Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





How much does 1300cc of liquid weigh? 
20060428 

From Debra: How much does 1300cc of liquid weigh, and how is the formula equated? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Percentage of weight 
20060426 

From Karen: How do you calculate percentage of weight lost? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





5 men took turns weighing themselves on a scale 
20060330 

From Bev: 5 men took turns weighing themselves on a scale. However, they weighed each other two at a time, ten times total, so that every possible combination of two men was weighed. The scale had the following read out for the pairs, 236,244,228,250,258,230,246,238,242,and 252 pounds. How heavy was the heaviest man? Answered by Claude Tardif. 





How much will each piece weigh? 
20060128 

From Matt:
How many equal pieces that weigh between 12 and 13 ounces can be made from 110 ounce block if the whole block is used? How much will each piece weigh?
A paper square has area of 100 in^{2}. Into how many pieces of equal area must the square be but if the area of each piece is to be between 8 in^{2} and 9 in^{2}? What is area of piece?
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Percentage weight change 
20060124 

From Abdul: what is the percent change if a person's weight changed over 3 years:
year 1995 1997 1998 %change(19951998)
weight 63kg 67kg 73kg ......... Answered by Penny Nom. 





Twelve golf balls 
20051228 

From Todd: You have 12 golf balls and 11 of them are the exact same weight, but one of them is either a little heavier or a little lighter. You only have three attempts to weigh the balls. How can you determine which ball weighs more/less than the rest? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of some concrete 
20050215 

From Jordan: I have 6 acres of concrete that is 3 feet thick the aprox. weight of 1 cubic yard of concrete is 4024 pounds I am trying to find out how much my 6 acres weighs. fortunately my concrete is 3 feet deep. Answered by Penny Nom. 





425 cc's of a saline solution 
20040330 

From Julie: 425 cc's of a saline solution is equal to how much in lbsweight?? Answered by Harley Weston. 





A new baby 
20040314 

From Jessica: I just had a baby 3weeks ago, he is in the hospital and he can come home when he is 1800 grams, well i was wondering how many pounds that is? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Lead weights 
20040126 

From Jeff: I am making a mold for my decoy anchors. I need
10  12 lead ounce weights. How would I determine the liquid measurement for that weight? For example if I melted down 10 ounces of lead how many cups would that be or quarter cups etc?
I would like the formula if I could and good instructions on how to use the formula. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A counterfeit coin 
20040123 

From Kim: You are considering buying 45 silver coins that look alike, but you have been told that one of the coins is a lightweight counterfeit. Find the least number of weighings on a balance scale that you can use to be certain you have found the counterfeit coin? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A fish tank 
20031126 

From Bill: How do I work out the volume and weight of water in a fish tank that is 36in x 14in x 12in? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The weight of a fish tank 
20030520 

From A ponderer: I had a question pertaining conversion units..I have a fish tank at home and the dimensions are 24, 44, and 48 inches, I want to find out how much it weighs in pounds when filled up with water...knowing water is 62.4 pounds per cubic feet...do I just divide the 62.4 pounds to 12 because I"m trying to find out through cubic inches. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Density 
20030219 

From Rob: What is the formula for converting cubic feet to pounds? (with any substance) Answered by Penny Nom. 





Splitting weight 
20030210 

From Jin Ho: A balance scale has only two weights, 1 ounce and 4 ounces. In only three weighings split 180 ounces of seed in two bags of 40 and 140 ounces. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Mrs. Klein has been losing 1 pound a week for the last year 
20021030 

From Brett: On her diet, Mrs. Klein has been losing 1 pound a week for the last year. Her husband weighs 110 pounds more than she does now. If his weight is twice what her weight was 6 weeks ago, how much does mrs. Klein weigh now? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Averaging grades 
20021024 

From Richard: I'm using a grading program for the first time this year. (ok, that's not a question) I require my students to record their grades in a Scorekeeper when they get them back. I'd like to know if my students can keep up with averaging their grades just as the grading programs automatically averages them when I put them in the spreadsheet. Answered by Penny Nom and Claude Tardif. 





A fish weighs 10 pounds more than half its weight. 
20020910 

From Rebecca: A fish weighs 10 pounds more than half its weight. How much does it weigh? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Weighing pumpkins 
20020908 

From Jennifer: Suppose five pumpkins are weighed two at a time in all possible ways. The weights in pounds are recorded as 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, and 27. How much does each individual pumpkin weigh. NO FRACTIONS! Answered by Penny Nom. 





Ratios and weights on Neptune 
20020603 

From Janice: The ratio of an object's weight on earth to it's weight on Neptune is 5:7. How much would a person who weighs 150 pounds on earth weigh on Neptune. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Are you overweight? 
20010503 

From Oneita: How do I square a number.....? My problem is : square your height in inches and take 4.25 percent of the result to determine if you are overweight. Answered by Claude Tardif. 





The weight of a watermelon 
20000425 

From Lori Speir: If I have a 100 pound watermelon and it is 99% water. If it sits out in the sun all day and is now only 98% water what does it weigh now? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How many grams are in 1 ounce? 
20000404 

From Kathy G: How many grams are in 1 ounce? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Word problems 
20000331 

From Amy: Question:  a north bound train left at noon. four hours later a south bound train left the same station. at 5 o'clook they were 160 miles apart. what was the rate of both if the north bound train was going 20 miles faster than the other one.
 clark's final exam was given 5 times the weight of the weight of a weekly test. the avgerage of 15 weekly test was 91. the overall weighted average was 85. what did he make on the final.
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Increasing the weight 
20000323 

From Lee Millard: A weight of dimension a, b is to have its weight increased by w% by bolting plates of the same material along the top and one side (but not at both ends). The top plate and side plate have the thickness, x. Find the thickness of the plates for a given weight increase of w%. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Mass of the earth 
20000221 

From Terry Broughton: My name is terry i am 15 my question is how much does our planet earth weigh ? Answered by Chris Fisher and Harley Weston. 





Bales of hay 
19990913 

From Ivy: You are given 5 bales of hay. Two bales are weighed at a time, which equal the following weights: 110, 112, 113,114,115,116,117,118,120,121. What does each individual bale weigh? Answered by Harley Weston. 





Who is right 
19990904 

From rf, k, p and uncle a: Good morning. Could you please, help us resolve and by the way, confirm "who is right"... regarding the solution of this problem:  a piece of metal is 6 in. wide by 2 in. in height and weights 500 pounds...  what is the weight of a piece made of same metal, 5 in. wide by 1 3/4 in in height? Could you please supply the "formula". Regards, rf, k, p and uncle a. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A Weighty Problem 
19990617 

From A parent: When using a balance scale, weights can be placed on either side of the scale. For example, if a 10 pound weight provides a counter balance to an object and a 7 pound weight, then the object must weigh 3 pounds. What four weights can be used to weigh objects of 1, 2, 3 ... 38, 39, 40 pounds? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A balance problem 
19961118 

From Jack N. Bussell: There are 12 coins which look exactly the same, however one of them is heavier or lighter than the rest. Using a pointer balance scale, can you identify the odd coin and whether it is heavy or light in 3 weighings? Answered by Harley Weston. 





A coin problem 
19960416 

From Julie Hebert and Simon Hamel: How many weighings would you need to find out which pile is fraudulent? Answered by Penny Nom. 

