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Metric Measures
and
Conversions
By Lisa
Williams
January
27, 2002
Some
things
to Remember when converting any type of measures:
To convert from a
larger
to smaller metric unit you always multiply The latin
prefixes used in
the metric system literally mean the number they represent.
This is the metric conversion stair chart. You basically take a place value chart turn it sideways and expand it so it looks like stairs. The Latin prefixes literally mean the number indicated. Meter, liter or gram can be used interchangeably. You use this chart to convert metric measurements like this:
1000/1000 =
1 1000 milligrams =
1 gram. When you move down the stairs you are multiplying by 10 for each step. SO you are adding a zero to your original number and moving the decimal one place to the right with each step. Example:
Problems: 1.) 3 meters = ______ centimeters 2.) 40 liters = ______ dekaliters 3.) 600 milligrams = _______ grams 4.) 5 kilometers = __________ hectometers 5.) 70 centimeters = _________ meters 6.) 900 deciliters= _______ dekaliters 7.) John's pet python measured 600 centimeters long. How many meters long was the snake? 8.) Faith weighed 5 kilograms at birth. How many grams did she weigh? 9.) Jessica drank 4 liters of tea today. How many deciliters did she drink? Answers: 1.) 300 centimeters, you walked 2 steps down thereby multiplying by 100 or just add 2 zeros to the original number 2.) 4 dekaliters, you walked up one step thereby dividing by 10, or move your decimal place one place to the left. 3.) 0.6 grams, you walked up 3 steps thereby dividing by 1000, or move your decimal 3 places to the left. 4.) 50 hectometers 5.) 0.7 meters 6.) 9 dekaliters 7.) 6 meters long 8.) 5000 grams 9.) 40 deciliters

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