How to Convert Pounds to the Metric System


The pound abbreviated as "lb" is a unit of mass that is commonly used in the United States. But the International System of Units, or the metric system, defines the kilogram as a unit of mass. In addition, grams and tons often express weights in the metric system, as well. Use a calculator to convert the mass in pounds to the metric system units.

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  • Multiply the weight in pounds by 0.4536 to convert it to kilograms. For example, 23 pounds will be converted to 23 x 0.4536 = 10.4328 kilograms.

  • Multiply the weight by 453.5924 to convert pounds to grams. For instance, the weight of 2.3 pounds corresponds to 2.3 x 453.5924 = 1,043.2625 grams.

  • Multiply the weight by 0.00045359 to convert pounds to tons. For instance, the weight of 5,675 pounds is converted as to 5,675 x 0.00045359 = 2.5741 tons.


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