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The International System
 • EVERYDAY METRIC UNITS
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 • Base Unit - meter  (m)
                   • centimeter  (cm)
                   • millimeter  (mm)
                   • kilometer  (km)
 • Derived Unit - liter  (L)
                   • milliliter  (mL)
 • Base Unit - kilogram  (kg)
                  • gram  (g)
                  • milligram  (mg)
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WHAT IS A METER?

The base unit for LENGTH is
meter
also spelled metre
Use the symbol m

This 22 kilogram salmon
is about
1 meter
long

A meter is about as long
as a 
baseball bat.

A meter can be the length of an average persons
long step.

The height of the handle
on a standard door is about
1 meter
from the floor.

 If a dime is about
 1 millimeter thick...

then 1000 dimes placed side by side  would be

  To measure any length, a meter stick or  tape measures accurately without complicated figures or fractions.

Athletic tournaments throughout the world are measured in metric dimensions.

This diving board is
10 meters tall.

An Olympic sized pool is
50 meters long.

Longer Distances like the height of a mountain can be measured in meters...


and so can the length of a bridge


 or a waterfall.

Smaller Measurements from a meter

1 centimeter
(1 cm)

 Remember, centi is the prefix meaning
1 one hundredth of the base unit meter.
So, 1 one hundredth of a meter (0.01 m)
is simply written 1 cm

Smaller Measurements from a  centimeter

millimeter
(1 mm)

Remember, milli is the prefix meaning
1 one thousandth (0.001).
So 1 one thousandth of the base unit meter,
being 1 millimeter is simply written 1 mm

LARGER MEASUREMENT FROM A meter

1 kilometer
(1 km)

Remember, kilo is the prefix meaning
1000 times as much.
So, one thousand meters (1000 m)
being the length of 1 kilometer,
is simply written 1 km which is pronounced
"KILL-oh-meet-ur" NOT "kill-AH-mit-ur".

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SMALLER METRIC
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1 cmณ (1 cubic centimeter)

filled with water contains exactly
1 mL (1 milliliter)

and is the mass  of exactly
1 g (1 gram)

 

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