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    Metric Units

    I need help with this problem please. If 19.5 million tons of oxides are emitted into the atmosphere in one year and 1 metric ton = 1000 kg, how many kilograms of oxides were emitted in that year? Please advise. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joannamartinez

    If 19.5 million metric tons of oxides are emitted into the atmosphere in one year and

    1 metric ton = 1000 kg What happens if you multiply both sides of this equation by 19.5 million?

    how many kilograms of oxides were emitted in that year?
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    Re: Metric Units

    The original solution I had was 19.5 x 1000= 19500 kg. Is that correct? Please advise. Thank you.

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    What happened to the million?

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    Re: Metric Units

    I will try again. If I multiply 19.5 x 2000= 39000 kg. Since 1 ton is 1000 kg and I ton = 2000 lbs. Is this correct? Please advise. Thank you for your patience.

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    Re: Metric Units

    The other answer is wrong. I think I know now. It would be 19.5 billion kgs. Is that correct? Please advise. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joannamartinez

    It would be 19.5 billion kg
    Yes.

    There are 19,500,000,000 kg of oxides released into our atmosphere, in one year.


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    Re: Metric Units

    Thank you so very much. I went back and refigured it out and that is what I came up with. Thank you for your help and patience.

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