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THE METRIC SYSTEM

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THE METRIC SYSTEM

The Metric System

The metric system is a universal measurement system based on the number 10.

- Meter (m)—a distance value
- Liter (L)—a volume value
- Gram(g) —a mass value
- Second (s)—a time value

To the left to raise the values

To the right to lower the values

- To move from a larger value to a smaller value, move the decimal point to the right.
- To move from a smaller value to a larger value, move the decimal point to the left.

Left

Right

- Convert 20.0 km to m.
- Kilometers are larger than meters.
- So to move from a larger value to a smaller value, move the decimal point to the right.
- Count the number of spaces moved on the chart. You would move 3 spaces from kilo to meters (base unit)
- Then move the decimal point 3 spaces to the right
- Correct answer is 20,000 m

- 23.5 m = cm
- 134.56 mm =m
- 98.43 L = mL
- 34 g = Kg
- 123.4 cg = Hg
- 456.3 g = cg
- 3908 Kl = mL
- .045 mg = cg
- 2.0 m = mm
- 20 km = m

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