# How to Use The Metric System

### By Carolyn Wood

## What is the Metric System?

See the picture below for the stair step.

## Why are the metric system and the SI units so important and useful?

## What is the metric stair step and how can I remember it?

The metric stair step is a method to help with the units.

King- Kilo

Harry- Hecto

Didn't- Deka

Buy- Base Unit

Denim- Deci

Car- Centi

Motors- Milli

## What is Si?

*Système International*

*d'Unités*which is the same as International System of Units. The base units are meter, liter, gram, and kelvin.

## Are there abbreviations?

## A little bit of History of the Si unit

## How to use the Metric stair step

2. Decide if you need to go up the stair or down

3. Count how many you need to go. If you go to the right the decimal will go to the right. If you go to the left the decimal will go to the left

Example :

Making it larger

45 grams - Hectograms

You will move to the left so the answer would be

.45

Making it smaller

33 liters- Milliliters

You will move to the right so the answer would be

33,000 mL

## More Examples

Move to the left 3

.29488 Kg

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678.2 Centimeters- Hectometers

Move to the left 4

.06782 hm

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999 Liters- Centiliters

Move to the right 2

99.9 cm

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.6842 Dekameters- Decimeters

move to the right 2

68.42 dm

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.0000003 Kilometers- Millimeters

Move to the right 6

0.3 mm

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0.03 Millimeters- Meters

Move to the left 3

0.00003 m

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## Sites used

"Brief History of the SI." Brief History of the SI. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2014

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"Lesson I: The Metric System and SI Units." Lesson I: The Metric System and SI Units. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Sept. 2014.

http://www2.southeastern.edu/Academics/Faculty/wparkinson/help/metric_units/

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"Units: The International System." *Units: The International System*. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 2014.

http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/sipm.html

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