How To Use The Metric System

Sharon Smith

What is 'SI'? What does it stand for? Some history behind it. Why is it important?

SI stands for The International System of Units.

It was used to standardize units of measurement.

It is important because it provides consistency.

The metric system was created by Carl Fredrick Gauss.

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SI base units and abbreviations. What is the metric unit stair step?

  • The Base Units for the SI Unit are meter (m) for length, liter (L) for volume, gram (g) for mass, seconds (s) for time and Kelvin (K) for temperature.

  • The metric unit stair step is based on multiplying and dividing by ten
  • Moving the decimal makes you go to the next level of measurement up or down the stairs. Ex: 1,200 milliliters=120 centimenters
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Acronym. Going from something smaller to something larger and going from something larger to something smaller.

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  • Going to a smaller object, you move the decimal to the right and go to the right of the scale. When going to a larger object, you move the decimal to the left and go up the scale that way.

8 examples of using the metric system

Bigger to Smaller

  • 37.6 kg = 37600. g
  • 3600 cm = 36000. mm
  • 35 Dg = 3500 dg
  • 45 g = 45000 mg

Smaller to Bigger

  • 76 g = 7.6 Dg
  • 0.540 m = 0.540 km
  • 35 g = 3.5 Dg
  • 430 Dg = 43 hg

Concluding Statement

The metric system is a widely used tool to measure quantities, though not widely used here in the U.S. but it is the main system used in other countries. When you start something in the metric system, its easy to jump between measurements because it is all based on ten.


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