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    question 1) You need to give 1g of erythromycin orally. You have erythromycin suspension 250mg in 5ml. How much of the suspension do you need to give? ( 1000mg = 1g)

    so we have 250mg in 5ml, and i need to give 1g,

    so is it

     250 \times 4 = 1000

    so 1000mg = 20 ml?

    So I need to give 20ml?

    question 2) you are to administrator a drug to a patient that comes in strength 1 in 100, you need to give the patient 200mg of the drug. how man ml would you need to prepare? (1 in 1000 means 1g in 1000ml, )

    Am not sure how to to this one,

    if 1 in 100 means, 1g in 100ml, than 200mg is gong to be 0.2g in 20ml, so is it 20ml I need to give?


    thank you,
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    Re: word problem help, converting measurements

    You have found the correct answers. You may want to set up ratios to solve the problems, so that you have a method that is easy to use when you can't just "eyeball" the answers.

    1.) \frac{5}{250}=\frac{x}{1000}

    \frac{1}{50}=\frac{x}{1000}

    x=\frac{1000}{50}=20

    2.) \frac{1}{100}=\frac{0.2}{x}

    \frac{1}{100}=\frac{1}{5x}

    5x=100

    x=20
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    Re: word problem help, converting measurements

    Quote Originally Posted by Tweety View Post
    question 1) You need to give 1g of erythromycin orally. You have erythromycin suspension 250mg in 5ml. How much of the suspension do you need to give? ( 1000mg = 1g)

    so we have 250mg in 5ml, and i need to give 1g,

    so is it





    you must define the concentration of what you have.  250 \times 4 = 1000

    so 1000mg = 20 ml?

    So I need to give 20ml?

    question 2) you are to administrator a drug to a patient that comes in strength 1 in 100, you need to give the patient 200mg of the drug. how man ml would you need to prepare? (1 in 1000 means 1g in 1000ml, )

    Am not sure how to to this one,

    if 1 in 100 means, 1g in 100ml, than 200mg is gong to be 0.2g in 20ml, so is it 20ml I need to give?


    thank you,



    you must define the concentration of your stock
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