Video: Converting Tons to Pounds

How many pounds are there in 20 customary tons?

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How many pounds are there in 20 customary tons?

We’re given 20 customary tons. And we want to know how many pounds that would be. We’re going from tons to pounds. And we have 20 customary tons. But before we convert 20 customary tons, let’s remember how many pounds are in one customary ton.

One ton equals 2000 pounds. How many pounds would 20 tons equal? We need to take 2000 and add it to itself 20 times, 2000 plus 2000. Okay, now we need to add. Let’s stop and think. Is there a better way to do this?

20 tons is 20 times more than one ton. If we multiply 2000 by 20, it will tell us how many pounds are in 20 tons. Here we go, 2000 times 20. Zero times zero equals zero. Zero times zero equals zero. Zero times zero equals zero. And zero times two equals zero.

Now we’ll be multiplying with our two. Two times zero equals zero. Two times zero equals zero. Two times zero equals zero. And finally, we have two times two, which equals four.

Now we add up each of these parts. And we see that 2000 times 20 equals 40000. 2000 pounds times 20 equals 40000 pounds. There are 40000 pounds in 20 customary tons.

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