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Old 08-27-2007, 06:13 PM
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I hate the metric system, i always have since i can remember. But now i wish I'd learned it better, since now my daughter is doing it in 8 grade science. Help, can anyone give me an easy chart, a baby method of understanding?????????????????????????

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Old 08-27-2007, 06:42 PM
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You could always be lazy like me and use the conversion chart on the home page.
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What do you need, exactly? Conversions within the metric systems(s) are easy enough. Do you mean converting customary measures to and from metric?
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Old 08-27-2007, 08:11 PM
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What do you need, exactly? Conversions within the metric systems(s) are easy enough. Do you mean converting customary measures to and from metric?

on her homework, and i am assuming she will need to know how to do this in her head on tests, are conversions of:
m to km
L to kl
L to ml
g to kg
cm to m
m to mm
km to m
cl to dl
g to hg
mm to m
dkl to l
m to km
mg to g
mg to kg
g to dg
dkg to hg
mm to dkm
ml to hl
etc, etc, etc, etc, etc..................................
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Old 08-27-2007, 09:06 PM
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on her homework, and i am assuming she will need to know how to do this in her head on tests, are conversions of:
m to km
L to kl
L to ml
g to kg
cm to m
m to mm
km to m
cl to dl
g to hg
mm to m
dkl to l
m to km
mg to g
mg to kg
g to dg
dkg to hg
mm to dkm
ml to hl
etc, etc, etc, etc, etc..................................
The series, as best I can remember, starting with femto:

There are 1000 femto(f) in a pico(p)
there are 1000 pico in a nano(n)
there are 1000 nano in a micro()
there are 1000 micro in a milli(m)
there are 1000 milli in a single unit
there are 1000 single units in a kilo(k)
there are 1000 kilo in a mega(M)
there are 1000 mega in a giga(G)

centi is a hundreth of something (c)
deci is a tenth of something (d)
hecta i always have to check on the conversion pages. Might be 10,000 of something. (h)

Unless they are doing senior science or maths - in which case, encourage her to read her text books - the metric system has units of:

length (meters) (also m)
volume (litres and cubic merters) (sometimes lowercase l, but more correctly L)
mass or weight (grams) (g)
time (seconds) (s)
temperature (degrees celcius) (C)

The volume and mass units are bases on the properties of water, and has a precise definiition.
Basically, 1 mL of water at 4C weighs 1 gram.
1mL is the same as 1 cubic centimeter.
1L of water weighs 1kg.

Not sure how old your daughter is, but if she is over eight, I think she should be able to have a good go at these herself. Some of the units listed above are only used by school teachers to torture their students. No one would ever write 5dkL = 50L.


Would you like to put her replies here, and we can check them if she is still unsure?

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Old 08-29-2007, 02:51 AM
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Default Re: Is there an easy way to convert metric system

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Originally Posted by futureGOODMIL
m to km
L to kl
L to ml
g to kg
cm to m
m to mm
km to m
cl to dl
g to hg
mm to m
dkl to l
m to km
mg to g
mg to kg
g to dg
dkg to hg
mm to dkm
ml to hl
As it is homework I would not allow her to use the auto-converter, but you can do it to check her work. Copy and paste each of the above lines in exactly as you have them there.
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Old 08-31-2007, 07:33 PM
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Default Re: Is there an easy way to convert metric system

thanks guys,
I'm sure we will be back for more help after the holidays.
I am definately not smarter than an 8th grader, lol.
Have a good weekend.
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Old 03-28-2008, 10:12 AM
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Default Re: Is there an easy way to convert metric system

Just remember "King Henry Drank Diet Coke Monday"

K = kilo
H = hecta
D = deca
UNIT
D= deci
C= centi
M = milli

put your unit on the unit line.. as you move DOWN add a zero behind your unit number. as you move UP put a decimal in front of your unit number... add zeros in front of the unit number to fill places in front of the decimal.

Hope this helps.....
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Old 03-28-2008, 12:20 PM
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Just remember "King Henry Drank Diet Coke Monday"

K = kilo
H = hecta
D = deca
UNIT
D= deci
C= centi
M = milli

put your unit on the unit line.. as you move DOWN add a zero behind your unit number. as you move UP put a decimal in front of your unit number... add zeros in front of the unit number to fill places in front of the decimal.

Hope this helps.....
These upper-case letters should all be lower-case. The case really, really matters for the metric system. For example m=milli and meters, M=Mega.
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Old 03-28-2008, 12:25 PM
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These upper-case letters should all be lower-case. The case really, really matters for the metric system. For example m=milli and meters, M=Mega.
Agreed, and a second correction, "d" can't be the symbol for both deka- and deci-. "da" is the correct symbol for the deka- prefix. (spelled deca- in some countries)
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