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    Differentiating Ounces and Grams

    Converting ounces to grams is a process that we all have to do one time or another. Both grams and ounces are quite common to anyone. Both units of measure are used to weigh things in very small amounts. Those who live in the United States will be used to measuring things by ounces since the chief unit of weight measurement is the pound. An ounce is a sixteenth of a pound.

    A gram, on the other hand, is part of the metric system, which is something of a standard among many countries in the world today. It is interesting that all the countries located within continental Europe use the metric system. You don’t have to worry in case you have to convert ounces to grams. The math involved in this process is pretty simple enough for anyone.

    Two Types of Ounces

    When converting ounces to grams one should keep in mind that there are actually a couple of units of measure that we all call ounces. What we use everyday and call as ounces measures 1/16 of a single pound. This unit of measure is actually called an Avoirdupois ounce. On the other hand, when you are weighing precious metals you use the other kind of ounce, which is called a Troy ounce. A Troy ounce slightly weighs more than an Avoirdupois ounce.

    Converting Ounces to Grams

    Keeping in mind the two different kinds of ounces we have in real life, we can now proceed to convert ounces to grams. Let’s go over the steps to convert an Avoirdupois ounce to grams first. After that we can proceed to converting a Troy ounce next.

    Since it will be quite rare when ordinary folks would have to weigh precious metals then the most likely kind of ounce you will ever convert will be an Avoirdupois ounce. To convert ounces to grams multiply the amount in ounces by 28.35. So, for example, when you convert five ounces of liquid to grams, the result of your multiplication will be 141.747616 grams.

    Now, in case you were given the interesting opportunity to weigh precious metals then you will have to use Troy ounces instead of Avoirdupois ounces. Remember that a Troy ounce is actually a little bit heavier than what you usually call an ounce in everyday life. A Troy ounce is actually 31.10 grams.

    Given that amount in grams, the math goes pretty simple as well. All you have to do is to take your amount in ounces and then multiply it by 31.10, which is the amount in grams for Troy ounces. And then you will have your result in Troy ounces instead of Avoirdupois ounces.

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