# Which weighs more a ton of feathers or a ton of bricks?

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• 1 decade ago

they weigh the same 1 ton

• 1 decade ago

Well, depends how you weigh them.

If you get together enough bricks that should weigh a ton and all the feathers that should weigh a ton, then bricks will take up far less room since they're denser than feathers.

Therefore, if you piled your ton of bricks onto a weighing scale, the pile would be smaller than the feathers. In particular, the top of the pile of feathers would be further away from the centre of the earth.

Since the force of gravity drops off with distance from the centre of the earth, the feathers would weigh slightly less than you expected because the feathers at the top of the pile would weigh less. This is true of the bricks at the top of the brick pile, but that pile is not as high, as I've explained, so the difference would be less.

Therefore, if you actually weighed a ton of feathers and a ton of bricks, you might well find that the ton of bricks weighed more!

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Lv 4
4 years ago

Ton Of Bricks

• 1 decade ago

They both weigh the same... the only diff is how many feathers it takes to weigh a ton vs. how many bricks it takes to weigh a ton.

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They weigh the same, one ton, but the feathers use up more volume to get to the ton

• 1 decade ago

They both weigh the same, bricks are just more dence than feathers, and you need less bricks to reach 1 ton than you do with feathers.

• Anonymous

The Feathers.

If you assume that one tonne is metric and a measure of mass not weight, there would be a far greater volume of feathers than bricks. The force of gravity on that mass would then determine the weight, and since birds only live on planet earth (as far as we know), the force of gravity applied to the feather must be 9.81 m/s^2. However, there could conceivably be bricks on the moon. Not necessarily man-made brick, but natural bricks of stone. Since the moons gravity is far less than that of earth... the feathers would weigh more.

• 6 years ago

a ton of bricks.

on account of the fact that they weigh 902.18474 ponds more than a ton of feathers, which weigh 5 lbs

• 1 decade ago

You can get crushed either way... a ton of bricks is like a housefull, but a ton of feathers is like a mountainfull. So either way, they weight the same. Now, give me 10 points for my awesome answer.*neiiiiigh*

• 1 decade ago

They both weigh the same: a ton is a ton.

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