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There are about 310 million Americans. Americans receive about 5 million tons of junk mail a year, reported that half of that junk mail is discarded. How many pounds of junk mail on average does each American receive?

1 ton = 2,000 pounds
5 million tons 2,000 pounds/ton = 10,000 million pounds

(10,000 million pounds)/(310 million Americans) = (10,000/310) pounds/American = 32.258 pounds/American

On average, each American receives 32.258 pounds of junk mail per year.

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Janet Yang


Word problems are my favorite type of math questions! I would not feel comfortable answering questions that require specialized knowledge (Physics, Statistics, etc.) because I have not studied these in depth.


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