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Transcript of Metric System
The three prefixes that we will use the most are:
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.
The metric system is an international decimal system of measurement. It uses base units (listed below) and prefixes to make smaller OR larger measurements
= length/ distance
Prefixes plus the base units make up the metric system
Centi + meter = Centimeter
Kilo + liter = Kiloliter
measure length or distance.
is about the width of the doorway.
One centimeter is about the width of a large paper clip
or your fingernail
ONE meter is about the width of a doorway
A kilometer is about six city blocks or 10 football fields.
Grams are used to measure mass of an object.
A milligram weighs about as much as a grain of salt.
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)
One milliliter is about 1 drop
apply the concept of the “step method” in order to carry out metric conversions.