By David Pleacher
Question: Does a pound of gold or a pound of feathers weight more?
Answer: The feathers. A pound of feathers is measured in avoirdupois weight, in which one pound equals 16 ounces. Precious metals are measured in troy weight, in which one pound equals 12 ounces.
However, the ounces are not measured in the same way. In avoirdupois weight, one ounce = 437.5 grains. In troy weight, one ounce = 480 grains.
So, one pound of feathers weighs (16)x(437.5 grains) = 7,000 grains. One pound of gold weighs (12)x(480 grains) = 5,760 grains.
Question: A man lives in an apartment building on the 100th floor. He rides the elevator all the way down to floor 1 every morning then all the way up to floor 100 every evening. The elevator is coin-operated. It costs $0.25 per floor for floors 1-25, $0.50 per floor for floors 26-50, $0.75 per floor for floors 51-75, and $1.00 per floor for floors 75-100. How much money does the man spend each day riding the elevator?
Answer: The man spends $125 per day riding the elevator. It costs $62.50 each way.