Bri_Love 2 years ago In 2005, the total waste generated in a certain country was 7.125 x 10^10 pounds. Also in 2005, the countries population was 4.48 x 10^6 people. Determain the garbage per capita (per person) in that country in the year 2005.

1. ShotGunGirl

Well the answer is the amount of trash divided by the amount of people.

2. ShotGunGirl

First, you would convert the numbers to from Scientific notation. \[7.125 x 10^{10}\] would be 71,250,000,000 \[4.48 x 10^{6}\] would be 4,480,000

3. ShotGunGirl

Then you would divide the two new numbers, trash/people \[71,250,000,000\div4,480,000\]

4. Bri_Love

5. Bri_Love

Whitch then if I round it it would be 9207.59?

6. Bri_Love

No thats wrong...

7. Bri_Love

8. ShotGunGirl

If this is hard to understand, then use easier numbers. For example If there are 20 bubbles in total and 4 bubble blowers, how many bubbles did each peson blow? Then, you might see the anser is oblviously 5. Correct? So, in your case, \[71,250,000,000\div4,480,000\] equals 15904.017851

9. ShotGunGirl

Sorry I couldn't find my calculator :p

10. Bri_Love

ok so it would be 15904.02? cause i have to round it?

11. ShotGunGirl

http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=71%2C250%2C000%2C000%2F4%2C480%2C000 If you need the answer in a fraction you can find it here.

12. ShotGunGirl

Yes :)

13. Bri_Love

grr it says its wrong! Is that in scientific notation?

14. ShotGunGirl

You need and answer in scientific notation?

15. Bri_Love

yes

16. ShotGunGirl

Well after you round it to 15904.02 it would be.... hold on one sec.

17. Bri_Love

ok

18. ShotGunGirl

1.590402 x 10^4

19. ritez

In scientific notation answer will be 1.590 x 10^4

20. Bri_Love

Thank you!

21. ShotGunGirl

Anytime :D

22. Bri_Love

The answer was 1.59 x 10^4 cool thanks!

23. ShotGunGirl

Well sorry I didn't take you all the way there :( A special thanks to @ritez for helping me :D

24. ritez

@ShotGunGirl you are always welcome...enjoy!