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Metric System

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Christopher Shelton

on 21 September 2015

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Metric System
The three prefixes that we will use the most are:
kilo
centi
milli

America = Odd Ball
The Metric system is a measurement system based on our decimal (base 10) number system.

Other countries and ALL scientists and engineers use the metric system for measurement.



Metric System
The metric system is an international decimal system of measurement. It uses base units (listed below) and prefixes to make smaller OR larger measurements

BASE UNITS
Meter
= length/ distance
Liter
= volume
gram
= mass

*
Prefixes plus the base units make up the metric system

Example:
Centi + meter = Centimeter
Kilo + liter = Kiloliter
Meters
measure length or distance.

One
meter
is about the width of the doorway.

METERS
One centimeter is about the width of a large paper clip

or your fingernail

Centi-meters
METER
ONE meter is about the width of a doorway

Kilo-meter
A kilometer is about six city blocks or 10 football fields.


1.6 kilometers
is about
1 mile

Grams
Grams are used to measure mass of an object.

A milligram weighs about as much as a grain of salt.

Milli-grams
Liters
Liters measure the volume of liquids.

Ex: 1 Grams weighs about as much as a small paper clip

1 Kilo-gram weighs about as much as six apples (2 Pounds)
Milli-liter
One milliliter is about 1 drop
SWBAT
:
apply the concept of the “step method” in order to carry out metric conversions.
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