# Talk

## How large is a ton of water?

(24 Posts)
Thu 13-Sep-07 22:17:16

A metric ton / tonne (sp?) I guess.

ie, if you had a bag full of a ton of water, how big would the bag have to be, in terms of width, height and depth.

(we were discussing this at work and need to know the answer, if any kind mathmatical / engineering person could help out) Thank you!

SueW Thu 13-Sep-07 22:24:58

1m x 1m x 1m ?

SueW Thu 13-Sep-07 22:26:21

No can't be right but not much bigger as a birth pool inc mum usually weighs about 750-800kg.

Thu 13-Sep-07 22:27:01

Well I think a metric ton is 1000kg

1litre of water ways 1kg

So it would be 1000litres in the container?

So I guess the answer would be the cube route of 1000 whatever that is as I don't have a scientifica calculator to hand...

Thu 13-Sep-07 22:27:28

*weighs not ways [duh]!!!

Thu 13-Sep-07 22:27:47

Sue is right, it is a cubic metre.

Thu 13-Sep-07 22:29:10

10cm10cm10cm is 1000mililitres....

Thu 13-Sep-07 22:30:15

So yes - agree 1m * 1m * 1m

VidiVickiVENIQV Thu 13-Sep-07 22:33:56

1 cubic metre.

elastamum Thu 13-Sep-07 22:42:44

Must be bigger than that. My 16 hand horse only Weighs 600kg. Both my horses together weigh 1 tonne. I know this as I have to tow them in a trailer so a bag big enough for 2 horses would probably do it

SueW Thu 13-Sep-07 22:46:05

It does seem quite small doesn't it?

But then when we had a tonne of slate delivered, it wasn't a very big bag.

SueW Thu 13-Sep-07 22:46:58

Lots of space in your trailer and flesh density different to water.

Also, water weighs more/less at diff temps.

Gingerbear Thu 13-Sep-07 22:52:48

I tonne of water = i cubic metre.
Therefore the container would be 1m x 1m x 1m.
Unless it was a cylinder... 1.12m dia x 1m high
Or a Sphere...1.24m dia

Thu 13-Sep-07 22:54:12

So, depending on temperature, we're looking at 1 cubic metre?

Thu 13-Sep-07 22:55:04

Smaller than I'd have thought.

snorkle Thu 13-Sep-07 23:10:19

water is surprizingly heavy (or more correctly: surprizingly dense) though.

Gingerbear Fri 14-Sep-07 00:23:41

Lol at water being surprisingly heavy - And even more surprisingly heavier if it is salt water.

Katsma Fri 14-Sep-07 00:40:03

Ton is an imperial measure (tonne is the metric)

A ton is 907.18Kg

<nerd emoticon>

Gingerbear Fri 14-Sep-07 00:47:35

ah, but is that a long ton or a short ton? A long ton is 1016kg!

<<even nerdier!>>

Gingerbear Fri 14-Sep-07 00:50:04

UK imperial ton is a long ton, US is the short one.....

Shall I stop now...I could go on about hundredweights and furkins...

Gingerbear Fri 14-Sep-07 00:51:38

A firkin is 25.4kg......

Firkin 'ell!!

suzywong Fri 14-Sep-07 00:52:38

gingerbear, you are magnificent when you are nerdy

Gingerbear Fri 14-Sep-07 00:54:17

Hello suzy.
Thanks for the compliment. I hope you have resisted the snowy white crystals.

Gingerbear Fri 14-Sep-07 00:56:25

I am practicing my nightshift abilities for when BOTH my siblings cross the ocean to go and reside in Australia.

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