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Metric System. I will be ale to measure to record data using a variety of SI units. Tuesday, March 11, 2014. What is the metric system?. The first standardized system of measurement, based on the decimal was proposed in France about 1670.

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Metric System

I will be ale to measure to record data using a variety of SI units.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


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What is the metric system?

  • The first standardized system of measurement, based on the decimal was proposed in France about 1670.

  • It was created to develop a unified, natural, universal system of measurement.

  • In 1790 King Louis XVI of France assigned a group to begin this task.

  • At that time, every country had their own system of weights and measures. England had three different systems just within its own borders!!

  • It was called the "metric" system, based on the French word for measure.

  • As of 2005, only three countries, the United States, Liberia, and Myanmar, have not changed over to the metric system.

  • The official modern name of the metric system is the International System of Units or abbreviated SI.


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What are the metric measurements that we are learning about?

  • Meter

    • Length

  • Liter

    • Volume

  • Gram

    • Weight or Mass


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How to remember different lengths in the metric system:

  • When you think of a millimeter (mm) think of:

    • The thickness of a dime.

  • When you think of a centimeter (cm) think of:

    • The width of your pinky.


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How to remember different lengths in the metric system:

  • When you think of a meter (m) think of:

    • The height of the doorknob.

  • When you think of a kilometer (km) think of:

    • A little more than half of a mile


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How to understand the ruler:

  • One side has inches (duh!)

  • The other side is the metric side.

  • The big numbers represent centimeters

  • The smaller lines represent millimeters.

  • How many millimeters are in a centimeter?

    • 10


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How to remember different volumes in the metric system: measure the items on your chart.

  • When you think of a liter (L) think of:

    • About the size of a bottle of water.

  • When you think of 5 milliliters (mL) think of:

    • One teaspoon

  • When you think of 2 kiloliters (kL) think of:

    • A hot tub


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How to remember different masses in the metric system: measure the items on your chart.

  • When you think of a gram (g) think of:

    • A paper clip

  • When you think of a kilogram (kg) think of:

    • A little more than 2 pounds.


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1 m = 100 cm measure the items on your chart.

1 cm = 10 mm

1 m = 1,000 mm

1 km = 1,000 m

1 g = 100 cg

1 cg = 10 mg

1 g = 1,000 mg

1 kg = 1,000 g

Measurement Conversions to Know:

  • 1 L = 100 cL

  • 1 cL = 10 mL

  • 1 L = 1,000 mL

  • 1 kL = 1,000 mL


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What is the order of the metric system? measure the items on your chart.

  • King Henry Died by Drinking Chocolate Milk

    • King: Kilo

    • Henry: Hecto

    • Died: Deca

    • By: Base (m, L, g)

    • Drinking: Deci

    • Chocolate: Centi

    • Milk: Milli


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