A pharmacist has 2 hectograms 55 grams of pills. Each pill weighs 1 gram 2 centigrams. How many pills does the pharmacist have altogether?

A. 205

B. 250

C. 255

D. 350

I came up with B. 250

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- February 26th 2007, 04:58 PMrose234pre algebra equation solve
A pharmacist has 2 hectograms 55 grams of pills. Each pill weighs 1 gram 2 centigrams. How many pills does the pharmacist have altogether?

A. 205

B. 250

C. 255

D. 350

I came up with B. 250 - February 26th 2007, 05:04 PMtopsquark
We can "logic" this one out, but it makes things a lot easier if we know that hecto is the metric prefix for 100. See here.

However, we know that hecto IS a metric prefix, so it must be some multiple of 10. Thus the pharmacist has 2*10^n + 55 grams, where n is some integer. The only number of that form is answer C, 255.

-Dan - February 26th 2007, 05:16 PMrose234You missed a part I think
yes he has 255 grams of pills but each pill is 1 gram and 2 centigrams so how many pills does the pharmacist have?

250? - February 26th 2007, 05:24 PMtopsquark