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A cargo van is carrying 20 identical steel cylinders. Each cylinder contains compressed oxygen. Altogether, the cylinders weight 1/2 of a ton.
a. In tons, what is the weight of each cylinder?
b. One ton=2,000 pounds. In pounds, what is the weight of each cylinder?

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Hi Hannah
 
Total weight of 20 cylinders = 1/2 ton
 
 
so weight of each one = 1/(20*2) = 1/40 ton = 0.025 ton
 
One ton = 2000 pound
 so 0.025 ton = 2000*0.025 = 50 pound