# How To Use The Metric System

### By Meg Crow

## SI Units

**Definition:***A system of physical units.*- SI stands for
*international system of units.*

*SI units and Metric Systems are inportant and useful, when you are convertitng on e thing to another. They are very helpful in math, cooking, measuring, and a lot more.*

SI Unit's History:

- Gabriel Mouton created the Metric System in 1670. He was a French astronomur, & a mathmetition

SI Abbreviations:

- The SI abbreviation for length is m, for meter.
- The SI abbreviation for volume is v.
- The SI abbreviation for mass is kg, for kilogram.
- The SI abbreviation for temperature is K, for kelvin.
- The SI abbreviation for time is s, for seconds.

__SI base units and abbreviations are grams (g), liters (l), and meters (m).__

to help you remeber the SI unit order...

__Kilo:__ keep

__Hecto:__ hats

__Deca:__ dat

__Base unit__: buy you

__Deci:__ devil

__Centi:__ cats

__Milli:__ & more

EXAMPLES:

.8 cm = .08 dm .99377 kg = 993770. mg 2. g = .002kg 73. L =73000. mL

83.26 m = 8326. cm 4. kg = 400. Dg .08 Dm = .008 m 885.9 kg = 8859 hg

## Metric Unit Stair Step (picture above) This is the metric unit stair step. You start at the base unit. Every time you go down a unit, you move the decimal to the right one space. Every time we move it to the left, move the decimal to the right. | ## Measuring Length When using the Metric System, you use a meter stick instead of a ruler. Just like the children are using above. | ## Measuring Liquid An example of a liter would be big bottles of soda you buy at the store. In the picture above, these bottles contain 1 liter of soda. |

## Metric Unit Stair Step

## Measuring Length

**For more help, and information on the Metric System, visit these websites!**

*The metric system can be difficult at first, but once you get the hang of it, it is really easy. Just always remeber which way to go and move the decimal on the stair steps. This way of converting different measurements is really helpful, and can be used daily in cooking, measuring, and many other things.*

## Sources.

*Metric Sytem*. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Sept. 14. <http%3A%2F%2Fgwydir.demon.co.uk%2Fjo%2Funits%2Fmetric.htm%23history>.

Godard, Christi and Pierce, Rod. "Measuring Metrically with Maggie" Math Is Fun. Ed. Rod Pierce. 12 Aug 2014. 15 Sep 2014 <http://www.mathsisfun.com/measure/metric-system-introduction.html>

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