Converting 1 Metric Ton to lbs

Instructor: Mia Primas

Mia has taught math and science and has a Master's Degree in Secondary Teaching.

In this lesson, you will learn the steps and calculation for converting 1 metric ton into pounds. The lesson will include examples of fields that may use the conversion of tons to pounds.

Steps for Converting Metric Tons to Pounds

Tons and pounds are both units of weight. In order to convert from one unit to the other, we multiply by a conversion factor. A conversion factor is the ratio of two different units set up as a fraction. The unit that we are converting to should be in the numerator. Since a metric ton is a larger unit than a pound, each step will convert to a smaller unit (and, hence, a bigger number) until the answer is in pounds. The following unit equivalencies will be used in the conversion.

1 metric ton = 1,000 kilograms
1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds

There are two steps in this conversion process. As you can see, each step multiplies the current units by a conversion factor to change to a different set of units.

  • Step 1: Convert 1 ton to kilograms


  • Step 2: Convert kilograms to pounds



Therefore, 1 metric ton is equal to 2,200 pounds.

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