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DID
YOU KNOW?
that you can divide 1 meter
by exactly 10 equal parts
(10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm)
then make
a cube (1000 cmณ)
of it to fill with
water
and you will find that it
contains
exactly 1 L (1 liter)
(1000 mL)
of water
and is the mass of exactly
1
kg (1 kilogram) (1000 g).
ALL SIMPLY RELATED IN
10!



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The International
System of Units is called "SI"
PREFIXES
Convenient Prefix
attached in front of
base or derived
unit or
unit of measure
OR
the everyday unit of measure
shows quantity, size or value
in 10, 100 and 1000
But for most everyday experience
Prefixes we use are
milli, centi,
kilo
NOTE:
There are no abbreviations in metric measurement,
only symbols to denote Quantity, Size or Value.
(Abbreviations are archaic and reserved
for
"InchPound" measurement like "ft."
"in." "lb." etc.)
So how do we get "lb." for pound?... Who Cares?


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PREFIX SYMBOL
for EVERYDAY USE
c
centi
is 1 one hundredth
(0.01)
m
milli
is 1 one thousandth (0.001)
k
kilo
is 1000 times
as much

BASE
and
Derived UNIT
SYMBOL
meter
m
liter
L
kilogram
kg

The
International Bureau of Weights and Measures SI Brochure notes:
"Unit symbols are mathematical entities and not
abbreviations."
Among other things, they are not followed by a period except
at
the end of a sentence and they are not made plural.


Symbols
identify prefix
and base or derived unit
OR everyday unit of measure
together.
Simply
place the prefix in front of the base
or derived unit
like mm
(millimeter), cm (centimeter), km
(kilometer)
or mg (milligram),
kg (kilogram) and mL
(milliliter).
The size or quantity is indicated by the first letter
or prefix symbol and the second letter or symbol identifies
the
base or derived unit.
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milli
1 one thousandth (0.001)
of the base or
derived unit, or unit of measure
use the prefix milli
(as in millimeter OR
milliliter OR
milligram)
centi 1 one hundredth (0.01)
of the base or
derived unit, or unit of measure
use
the prefix
centi (as in centimeter)
kilo 1000 times as much as the
base or derived
unit, or unit of measure use
the prefix kilo (as in kilometer and
kilogram)
(pronounced
"KILLohmeetur" NOT "killAHmitur")
WRITING IS EASY
Symbols like mL or mg
or mm or kg or
cm together
identify Prefix and everyday unit of measure.


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SMALLER
METRIC
MEASURES
1 cmณ (1 cubic centimeter) 

filled with water
contains exactly
1 mL (1 milliliter) 

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

"centimeters
milliliters milligrams"
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For most everyday experience
Prefixes
we use
are
milli,
centi
and
kilo

