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Unit 1: The Metric System & Unit Conversions

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Unit 1: The Metric System & Unit Conversions

- Corresponding Book Sections:
- Chapter 1

- PA Assessment Anchors:
- S11.A.1.1

English (FPS)

Foot, Pound, Second

Units like:

Feet

Miles

Gallons

Pounds

Metric System (SI)

“International System”

Units Like:

Centimeter

Dekaliter

Newton

Milligram

- The prefix goes before the base word
- Example:
cm = centimeter

- Example:

Prefix

Base

- One hundredth of a meter
- Ten grams
- One hundred liters

- cm
- hL
- Mm

- Corresponding Book Sections:
- Chapter 1

- PA Assessment Anchors:
- S11.A.1.1

Ex: Convert 1 m to cm

1. Write the unit you’re starting with over 1

2. Find the appropriate conversion

1 m = 100 cm

3. Line up the units so they cross out

4. Keep doing this until you’re left with the units you want in your answer

5. Multiply the numerator and denominator

6. Write final answer

100 cm

Convert 1 m to:

dm

hm

km

- Convert:
- 15 m to cm
- 20 cm to km
- 300 mm to m

- Can we convert between FPS and SI?
- Absolutely!!
- Most of the conversion factors are on the inside cover of your textbook

- Convert
- 1 m to mi
- 2 gallons to mL
- 4.3 lb to Newtons

- http://www.onlineconversion.com/auto_convert.pl
- You MUST show your work on problems and the homework, but this is a good place to check your answers!