Weighing Bubble Gum
Date: 01/30/98 at 14:27:27 From: Mrs. Heather Subject: Algebra 1 What measurement would I use to measure a bubble gum stick? A decigram, decagram, gram, or kilogram? (I never was good at measurements.) Thank you for your time.
Date: 02/01/98 at 22:42:36 From: Doctor Jaffee Subject: Re: Algebra 1 Greetings Mrs. Heather, There are several approaches you can take. I know that a raisin weighs approximately 1 gram, so if you weigh a stick of bubble gum you might get something like 1.6 grams. A decigram is 1/10 of a gram, so the same piece of bubble gum would weigh 16 decigrams. A decagram is equivalent to 10 grams, so 0.16 decagrams would be the weight, and a kilogram is 1000 grams, so our stick of bubble gum would weigh 0.0016 kg. I would go with grams, but that's strictly a personal preference. Thanks for writing and I hope this has helped. -Doctor Jaffee, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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