In order to answer this question we have to understand (maybe noone really understands it but we have to know) that 1 pound is defined and equal to 16 ounces. Therefore, half a pound would be 8 ounces. Mathematically, we can arrive at this answer easily as we know one half is equal to 1/2, therefore to arrive at the weight in ounces, we simply take the weight in pound and multiply it by 16, i.e.,

1/2 * 16 ounces = 16 / 2 ounces = 8 ounces

Similarly you may convert between ounces and pounds by knowing that 1 ounce is equal to 1/16 of a pound.

Hopefully this answers your question and allows you to convert between ounces and pounds in the future.

Good Luck!

Either liquid or solid, there are 16 ounces in one pound (annotated as 1 lb in the US). Half of one pound would be 8 ounces.

To take it a step further; a recipe that calls for a half a pound of butter will use two solid or melted sticks (depending on the recipe) because one standard stick of butter is 4 ounces, representing a quarter of a pound (16 ounces).

And one more: If your recipe calls for a cup of something, it's also calling for 1/2 lb because 1 cup is equal to 8 ounces.

Since 1 pound equals 16 ounces, a half a pound would equal 8 ounces based on the following logic:

1 pound = 16 oz so to find out how many ounces are in a half pound, you need to multiple both sides of that equation by 1/2 or 0.5 so

1 * 1/2 pounds = 16 * 1/2 ounces so

1/2 pounds = 16/2 ounces which simplifies to

1/2 pounds - 8 ounces

There are 16 ounces in a pound. Divide 16 by 2 to find what a half-pound is, It is 8 ounces.

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