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A Peck of Peppers

Date: 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? 


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_:   

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   
Associated Topics:
Elementary Definitions
Elementary Terms & Units of Measurement
Middle School Definitions
Middle School Terms/Units of Measurement

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