Overview of Metric System. System of measure used by scientists around the world Uses prefixes and suffixes Suffixes Meter – tells us we are measuring distance, L,W,H Liter – tells us we are measuring liquid volume Gram – tells us we are measuring mass Prefixes Kilo = 1000 Hecto = 100
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Kilo = 1000
Hecto = 100
Deka = 10
Deci = 1/10
Centi = 1/ 100
Milli = 1 / 1000
Prefixes can be used with all three measuring base words: meter (distance), liter (liquid volume), gram (mass). Base words are found in the middle of the metric ladder.
Example: kilometer, hectoliter, centigram
As you move left numbers get larger, as you move right numbers get smaller