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Metric System

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by Jessica Figueroa on 11 December 2012

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Transcript of Metric System

The Metric System Starring: The Metric Magician A Brief History of Measuring Metric Magician's
Quick Rule of Thumb Guide My Metric Strip Many Other Metric Measures Early human's first measurements were probably to find distances. Feet were used to measure with. This wasn't very accurate. Why?
(2 Volunteers) A meter = A yard + a bit more (1.09 yards)

A kilometer = A 1/2 mile + a bit more (0.62 miles)

A liter = A quart + a bit more (1.06 quarts)

A kilogram = 2 pounds + a bit more (2.2 pounds) Each tiny line = a millimeter

10 millimeters = 1 centimeter

10 centimeters = 1 decimeter

10 decimeters = 1 meter (length of your strip)

1,000 meters = 1 kilometer Volume:
Traditional
teaspoons
tablespoons
fluid ounces
cups
pints
quarts
gallons When trading began between nations, a better way of measuring was needed. Around 1670, Gabriel Mouton, mentioned a decimal system of weights and measurements. What was it called? Over the years, more and more countries adopted the Metric System...except for a few. Great Britain, Canada, and the U.S. did not for a few reasons. But what was the real problem with converting?
($$$) Around the 1960s, several countries in Europe formed what is called "The Common Market," in order to trade as a group. These countries were all on the Metric System, making trading a breeze. So, why should we know the Metric System?
(International Trade) Metric
milliliters
liters
kiloliters Weight:
Traditional
ounces
pounds
tons Metric
milligram
gram
kilogram
metric tonne Temperatures:
Traditional
Fahrenheit Metric
Celsius http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/europe/04/enlarging_europe/html/eu_expansion.stm yard stick and meter strip pitcher How many kilograms do you weigh?
(multiply by 0.45)
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