Grams are a measuring unit, used around the world, for describing weight.
However, it can sometimes be a bit challenging to grasp just how much 5 grams is.
Thinking about a few common objects that weigh about 5 grams can help you get a better feel for the measurement.
Five Sticks of Gum
Five grams is a very small amount of weight.
In fact, grams are often used in the scientific or medical communities because they make it much simpler to measure small weights accurately.
This also means that, when it comes to finding things that weigh roughly 5 grams, it’s often simplest to add up items that weigh about 1 gram each.
For example, a single average stick of gum weighs just about, if not exactly, 1 gram. This means that five sticks of gum held together should weigh about 5 grams.
A US Nickel
United States nickels, which are actually made of a mixture of nickel and copper, each weigh exactly 5 grams directly after minting.
This weight may vary slightly depending on any wear or dirt on the nickel, but in general, every US nickel weighs this exact amount.
This means that nickels are one of the best ways to calibrate a small scale or get an exact feel for how much 5 grams is.
Other monies are also a good way to measure 5 grams.
For example, a single US penny weighs exactly 2.5 grams.
This means that two pennies together, barring excessive wear and tear, should weigh exactly 5 grams.
In addition, a single US paper note, such as a dollar bill or five-dollar bill, weighs one gram.
This means that any five-dollar notes held together should weigh exactly 5 grams.
Because they’re a natural item, almonds can grow to slightly different sizes, shapes, and weights.
However, in general, a single almond weighs about 1 gram.
This means that five almonds together weigh right around 5 grams.
Other nuts, such as peanuts, also weigh about 1 gram each, so gathering together any five medium-sized nuts will get you very close to the 5 gram mark.
Five Paper Clips
A medium or regularly sized paper clip weighs almost, if not exactly, 1 gram.
This means that five paper clips of this size together weigh 5 grams.
Large paper clips weigh between half of a gram and 1 gram more, so three large paper clips together weigh either just slightly less or just slightly more than 5 grams.
1/3 of a Tablespoon of Water
Water is surprisingly heavy, and only about 1/3 of a tablespoon of water weighs 5 grams.
This means that a tablespoon of water, which is a bit easier to measure, weighs about 15 grams.
Looking at a tablespoon of water and imagining it divided into three can help you better visualize what 5 grams look like.
One Sheet of Copy Paper
Copy paper is a great way to imagine what 5 grams looks and feels like because most people have a piece of printer paper hanging around the house or office.
A single sheet of 8.5 by 11-inch copy paper weighs just a little bit less than 5 grams, so using paper as a comparison is quite accurate.
Like paper clips, most thumbtacks weigh about 1 gram each.
This means that gathering together five thumbtacks will bring you very close to 5 grams.
This is most accurate when considering flat metal or plastic pushpin-style tacks.
Other tacks with decorations at the top may be a bit heavier than 1 gram each.
Most people can easily bring to mind the weight of a wooden pencil, so it’s a great tool for estimating different measurements.
An unsharpened pencil with a full eraser generally weighs between 6 and 7 grams.
This means that if you have a pencil that has been used a little bit, it most likely weighs right around 5 grams. Imagining the feel of a pencil in your hand can help you accurately estimate what 5 grams feel like.
Pens can also be used to estimate what 5 grams feel like.
Most pens, however, are a tiny bit heavier than pencils, so they’ll usually weigh a bit more than 5 grams.
Metal pens can weigh as much as 10 grams, while simple plastic pens will usually weigh around 7 grams.
Five Birthday Candles
Like many other small, common household items, a single birthday candle weighs about 1 gram.
These candles are simple but brightly colored, and they are often seen marking out the number of years on a birthday cake.
Five of these candles together, particularly if they haven’t yet been burned, will weigh about 5 grams.
Candles with more decoration will generally weigh more than 1 gram each.
Candles that have been burned will weigh a little less.