# The Liberty Bell, a symbol of freedom in the United States, weighs 2,080 pounds. How many tons does the Liberty Bell weigh?

Dec 9, 2016

1.040 ton (US)

#### Explanation:

1 Short ton (US) = 0.8929 Long ton (UK): ...... 1 Long ton (UK)
$\text{ "darr" } \downarrow$
" "2000^("lb") ("US")" "2240^("lb")("UK")

Assuming that as it is the weight of the Liberty Bell we are talking about the US ton

$\textcolor{b r o w n}{\text{To convert the given weight in lb we need to divide by how many lb}}$ $\textcolor{b r o w n}{\text{there are in 1 ton.}}$

So in fraction form we have (2080^("lb"))/(2000^("lb")) " tons"
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$\textcolor{b r o w n}{\text{You can manipulate the units of measurement in the same way}}$$\textcolor{b r o w n}{\text{you do the numbers.}}$

we divide the given weight in lb by the count of lb in 1 ton. So we have:

$\text{lb"-: ("lb")/("ton") " "->" " cancel("lb")xx("ton")/(cancel("lb")) " "->" ton}$

So the lb symbols cancel out just leaving the ton symbol
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$\frac{1}{2000}$ can be written as $\frac{1}{2} \times \frac{1}{1000}$

So we have:

$\frac{1}{2} \times \frac{2080}{1000} \text{ "=" "1/2xx2.080" "=" "1.040" ton}$