#### Answer

60 bales

#### Work Step by Step

We have to find the number of bales in 15 tons. First we convert tons to pounds:
15 tons * 2000 lb/ton=30000 lb
We know that a bale of cotton weighs 500 pounds. So we divide the weight in pounds by 500:
Number of bales=$\frac{30000 \ \mathrm{lb}}{500 \mathrm{\ lb/bale}} = 60\ \mathrm{bales}$