A Peck of PeppersDate: 02/27/2002 at 20:23:36 From: Ashley Subject: Please Pass the Peppers Hi Dr. Math, I need help with this problem: If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, how many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick? I know he picked a peck of pickled peppers, but how much is a peck? Thanks, Ashley Date: 02/28/2002 at 09:57:03 From: Doctor Sarah Subject: Re: Please Pass the Peppers Hi Ashley - thanks for writing to Dr. Math. See Russ Rowlett's _How Many? A Dictionary of Units of Measurement_: http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/dictP.html Scroll down until you find "peck." peck (pk) a traditional unit of volume, formerly used for both liquids and solids but now used mostly for dry commodities such as grains, berries, and fruits. A peck is 2 gallons, 8 quarts, or 1/4 bushel. In the U. S. customary system, a peck holds 537.605 cubic inches or approximately 8.8098 liters. In the British imperial system, a peck is a little larger, holding 554.84 cubic inches or approximately 9.0923 liters. The word "peck", originally spelled "pek", comes from the name of a similar old French unit; the origin of the French unit is not known. - Doctor Sarah, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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