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Copy of The Metric System

Everything one may need to know about how to use the metric system.

Karen Moser

on 28 April 2015

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Transcript of Copy of The Metric System

The Metric System
Who uses it anyway?
The Base Units...
Definition: distance from point to another

Unit: meter m

Tool: metric ruler
meter stick
trundle wheel
Definition: amount of matter an object is made of

Unit: Gram g

Tool: Balance
(double pan, triple beam, digital)
Definition: the space that matter (an object) takes up

Unit: Liter L

Tool: Graduated Cylinder

Definition: a measure of the average kinetic energy of
the particles in an object

Unit: Degrees Celcius C
Kelvin K

Tool: Thermometer
Temperature Probe
Definition: the gravitational pull
of an object.
Unit: Newton N
Gram g

Tool: Spring Scale
Force Plate
Almost The Whole World!

Every Country Except:

United States
Myanmar (Burma)
k h da base unit d c m

kilo hetco deca (meter,liter,gram) deci centi milli
kilometer hectometer decameter meter decimeter centimeter millimeter
km hm dam m dm cm mm
kilogram hectogram decagram gram decigram centigram milligram
kg hg dag g dg cg mg
kiloliter hectoliter decaliter liter deciliter centiliter milliliter
kL hL daL L dL cL mL
Changing Metric Units
To go from one unit of measurement to another unit simply:

move the decimal to the left or the right the necessary number of spaces
convert 125 cm to m
1. write the metric units
2. put your finger on the starting unit
3. slide your finger along the line to the desired unit, counting how many spaces you moved
4. move the decimal the number of spaces you counted in the direction you slid your finger (left/right)
km hm dam m dm cm mm
125 cm = 1.25 m
The Magic of the Metric System
1 cm3 = 1 mL = 1 g

When using the metric system one can easily
go from units measuring mass or volume.
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