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Assuming all of the pennies are U.S. pennies minted after 1982, each one has a mass of 2.5 g.

- Weigh the can of pennies. That weight is the gross weight.
- Temporarily transfer the pennies to another container and weigh the empty can.
- Subtract the weight of the empty can from the gross weight. The difference is the net weight.
- If the net weight is in pounds, multiply it by 16 oz/lb.
- Multiply the net weight in ounces by 28.34952 g/oz.
- Divide the product by 2.5 g/penny.

Q: How can you estimate how many pennies are in a large coffee can without counting them all?

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