### What is a Cubic Yard?

A cubic yard (cu yd) is the volume of a cube with dimensions of one yard each (1 yard = 3 feet = 0.9144 meters). In simpler terms, 1 cubic yard equals 27 cubic feet or 0.76 cubic meters.

### What does “Ton” Mean?

The term “ton” can refer to a short ton (common in the US), a long ton (common in the UK), or a metric ton. A metric ton is precisely 1000 kilograms, a US ton weighs around 907.185 kilograms, and a long ton weighs about 1016.047 kilograms.

### Conversion Formula: Cubic Yards to Tons

To convert volume to mass, you can use the formula: **mass = density × volume**. For cubic yards to tons conversion:

- For metric tons: mass = density (in metric tons per cubic yard) × volume (in cubic yards).
- For US tons: mass = density (in US tons per cubic yard) × volume.
- For imperial tons: mass = density (in imperial tons per cubic yard) × volume.

### How to Use the Converter

- Choose the substance category (e.g., Metals).
- Select the specific substance (e.g., Mercury) from the dropdown.
- Ensure the unit for mass is set to metric tons.
- Enter the mass value (e.g., 2) and get the volume in cubic yards (e.g., 0.1931 cu yd).

### Example Problem: Topsoil

**Question:** How many tons are 15 cubic yards of topsoil?

- The standard density of topsoil is 1600 kg/m3.
- Enter 1600 as the density and 15 as the volume.
- The answer is 18.35 metric tons of topsoil.

### Frequently Asked Questions

**How many cubic yards is 3 tons of rock?**- Density of rock: 1.5 short tons per cubic yard.
- Calculation: 3 tons × 1.5 tons/cubic yard = 4.5 cubic yards.

**Are short tons the same as metric tons?**- No. A short ton (US ton) is about 907.185 kg, while a metric ton (tonne) is 1000 kg.

**How to convert metric tons to US tons?**- Multiply metric tons by 1.10231 (e.g., 3 t = 3 × 1.10231 = 3.307 short tons).

**How to convert metric tons to long tons?**- Multiply metric tons by 0.984207 (e.g., 3 t = 3 × 0.984207 = 2.9526 long tons).

**How to convert cubic yards to metric tons?**- Multiply cubic yards by 0.76 to get cubic meters, then multiply by substance density in kg/m3, and finally divide by 1000 for metric tons.

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