Problem: A U.S. 1-cent coin (a penny) has a diameter of 19 mm and a thickness of 1.5 mm. Assume the coin is made of pure copper, whose density and approximate market price are 8.9 g/cm3 and $2.55 per pound, respectively.Calculate the value of the copper in the coin, assuming its thickness is uniform.

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We’re being asked to determine the value of the copper in the coin assuming that its thickness is uniform.


A coin is cylindrical in shape. So, we can use the formula for the volume of a cylinder.


The volume of a cylinder is given by the following equation:

Volume (V) = πr2h


where r = radius and h = height or thickness


Density, on the other hand, is given by the following equation:

Density (d) = massvolume


We will do the following steps to solve the problem:

Step 1: Calculate the volume of the coin

Step 2: Calculate the mass of the coin

Step 3: Calculate the value of the coin

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A U.S. 1-cent coin (a penny) has a diameter of 19 mm and a thickness of 1.5 mm. Assume the coin is made of pure copper, whose density and approximate market price are 8.9 g/cm3 and $2.55 per pound, respectively.

Calculate the value of the copper in the coin, assuming its thickness is uniform.

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