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xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

How do you convert milligrams to tablespoons?

Asked by xxporkxsodaxx (1386 points ) May 24th, 2008

I think its possible but maybe not. Well I mean without depending on the fluid.

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jstringham21's avatar

do a google search for a unit converter.

marinelife's avatar

Milligrams are a measurement of weight, while tablespoons are a measure of volume. DO you mean milliliter?

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

It doesn’t work with the converters because the need to be in a certain category and the two units are different. And no I mean Milligrams

shilolo's avatar

I think it would depend entirely on the density of the “compound”. If it is say, 1 gram per liter, and you have 100 mg, then you know you have 100 “milliliters” worth. Then convert 100 mL to tablespoons.

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

Oh alright, well I look for an old scale. I left mine with my friend and now I need it for some homework

shilolo's avatar

You can find some density values here.

monsoon's avatar

I found a site once, when I had this problem, that gave the weight in volume of 1 pound of a lot of common foods. Let me look…

Fount it. This isn’t the same one I think but it actually is better. It will convert between weight and volume depending on the density of whatever substance you’re measuring.

monsoon's avatar

Also, that site is all metric, so you’ll have to do some leg work, converting milligrams to grams, then grams to liters, then liters to an american measurement of your choice to tablespoons, or just straight to table spoons.

AstroChuck's avatar

Isn’t that a bit like converting pounds to yards?

shilolo's avatar

@astrochuck. No.

xxporkxsodaxx's avatar

@astrochuck, you can convert pounds to yards, by how much something weighs, you can make every three feet of it equal 1 pound. Thus making it possible, maybe not accurate but it would work.

monsoon's avatar

Can anyone think of a practical use for converting “pounds to yards”?

AstroChuck's avatar

You’ll need a two-pronged three-slotted widget and some absenthe.

monsoon's avatar

Ah, I can see where you’re going with this.

waterskier2007's avatar

find the densitiy of the material you have and then just do a conversion from miligrams to a volume, and then from that volume to the tablespoons

ordosingularis's avatar

OMG people. Shut up.

(x/(15y)) = z

x = mass of sample in milligrams
y = density of sample in grams per milliliter, which is most likely the value of the density given to you by a reference source. Note that this the same as the specific gravity of the substance. You may also see the density written as g/cm^3 or g*cm^-3. This is the same thing, you can use those values.
z = number of tablespoons. 1 tablespoon (tbsp) = 15 ml.

Example 1:
30 milligrams of water. Density of water: 1 g per milliliter.

30/(15*1) = 2 tablespoons

Example 2:
300 milligrams of gold. Density of gold: 19.3 g per milliliter.

300/(15*19.3) = 1.04 tablespoons.

Important note:
If you are using this conversion for cooking or drug use/dealing, remember that powders are not packed solid. There are gaps in between the crystals thus lowering the effective density of the substance. If the substance is liquid or packed solid, then density value garnered online will be applicable. Let me know if you need clarification on anything.

monsoon's avatar

You probably shouldn’t go around telling people to shut up, Mr. 6 lurve.

This question is obviously for a problem that was over months ago, and was already answered in entirety, by me. Months ago.

ordosingularis's avatar

Well I see you “fount” an answer , but I gave a very succint answer to the question, replete with a formula and reasoning. And as for my 6 stars, I joined the same day, and judging by the discussions on this site, or any question and answer crowdsourcing site for that matter, it really doesn’t take much to get stars.

shilolo's avatar

Ordo, No offense, but there were other answers that preceded yours (and Monsoon’s) that laid out the answer as well. Admittedly, without the formulas, but still…

As a general rule, it helps to check out the other answers first before replying just to make sure you aren’t duplicating and/or wasting your efforts.

monsoon's avatar

Yes, as for the stars, I only meant you should put some effort into learning that people on fluther generally refrain from telling each other to shut up. You are obviously new (Mr. 6 lurve), so I am letting you know. Lets all just be friends.

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