# How to use the metric system

## History of the SI unit

SI stands for International System of Unit. The decimal Metric System at the time of the French Revolution and the subsequent deposition of two platinum standards representing the meter and the kilogram in 1799 in Paris can be seen as the first step in the development of the present International System of Units.

## What's so important about the metric system?

Metric units can be defined in terms of the meter or kilogram. Fractions and multiples of the metric units are related to each other by the power of 10, allowing conversion from unit to a multiple of it simply by shifting a decimal point.
The picture below shows the stair step and how to find your where your decimal point goes
The picture above explains how to work the metric system

## Examples how to figure the metric system out

45 deci = .45 mm

1 kilo = .001 m

1 m = .001mm

1 da = .01 d

.45 mm = 45 deci

100 m = .001 Kilo

.001 mm= 1 m

.01 d = 1 da

## sites

"Brief History of the SI." Brief History of the SI. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Sept. 2014.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/export.easybib.com/easybib_5418ebdc4a45d0.58607756.docx

"The Metric System." The Metric System. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Sept. 2014.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/export.easybib.com/easybib_5418ee043926f9.15816515.docx

"Base Units of Si - Google Search." Base Units of Si - Google Search. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Sept. 2014.