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Math help from the Learning Centre

This guide provides useful resources for a wide variety of math topics. It is targeted at students enrolled in a math course or any other Centennial course that requires math knowledge and skills.

Culinary Units of Measures

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Culinary Measurement Abbreviations: 

Common Term Abbreviation
teaspoon t, tsp
tablespoon T, tbsp
cup C, c
pint pt
quart qt
gallon G, gal
fluid ounce fl oz
ounce oz
pound lb, #
each ea
bunch bu
to taste tt

Questions to think about:

  • Of the measurements above, which question is a measurement of volume and which is of weight?
  • What is the difference between volume and weight? Can you relate difference of volume and weight with items found in the kitchen?

U.S. Volume Measurement Conversions

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Volume Measure Volume Equivalent
1 tablespoon 3 teaspoons
1 cup 16 tablespoons
1 pint 2 cups
1 quart 2 pints
1 gallon 4 quarts

What items found in the kitchen do you apply these measurements for? 

What items do you not apply these measurements for?

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Example: How many pints are equivalent to 192 teaspoons?

Solution:

\[192\, tsps \times \frac{1\, tbsps}{3\, tsps} =64\,tbsps \]

\[64\, tbsps \times \frac{1\, cup}{16\, tbsps}=4\, cups\]

\[4\, cups \times \frac{1\, pint}{2\, cups}= 2\, pints\]

Therefore, there are 2 pints in 192 teaspoons.

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