Jocelyn T. answered • 03/13/19

Experienced Elementary/Middle School Tutor

Let's organize what we know:

T = total amount of flour = 2 tons

1 crate = 8 bags

1 bag = 10 pounds

1 ton = 2000 pounds

Knowing this, let's do some conversions first, so we can keep our units consistent in our calculations:

T = 2 tons = 2 tons * 2000 lbs/ton = 4000 lbs

1 crate = 8 bags = 8 bags * 10 lbs/bag = 80 lbs

Now, let's define our variables and write out an equation:

c = number of crates required

80c = T --> each crate holds 80 pounds of flour

Solve the equation:

80c = T

80c = 4000

c = 4000 / 80 = 50

**The supplier needs 50 crates to fulfill the order.**