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Title: The Metric System: Measuring Length

1
The Metric System Measuring Length
• Sarah Jones
• CS 255

2
Introduction to the Metric System
• The metric system first came about in the 1790s
when the French Academy of Science was asked to
construct a new system of units for use
throughout the world.
• The metric system evolved over the years and in
the 1960s was named the International System of
Measurement (SI for short). To get the meter,
they divided a line from the north pole to the
equator into 10 million parts!

3
Advantages of Metric System
• No numbers to memorize
• Only 30 individual units
• Easy to say and write
• No fractions only decimals
• World standard
• Converts easily by multiples of 10.

4
Units of Measurement
• Prefixes and Multiplier
• Kilo 1000
• Hecto 100
• Deca 10
• Meter 1
• Deci .1
• Centi .01
• Milli .001
• Examples
• Kilometer
• Hectometer
• Decameter
• Meter
• Decimeter
• Centimeter
• Millimeter

5
Length
• The standard unit of length in the metric system
is the meter. Other units of length and their
equivalents in meters are as follows 1
millimeter 0.001 meter1 centimeter 0.01
meter1 decimeter 0.1 meter1 decameter 10
meters
• 1 hectometer 100 meters
• 1 kilometer 1000 meters

6
Abbreviations
• We abbreviate these lengths as follows1
millimeter 1 mm1 centimeter 1 cm1 meter 1
m1 decimeter 1 dm1 kilometer 1 km

7
Examples
• For reference, 1 meter is a little longer than 1
yard or 3 feet. It is about half the height of a
very tall adult. A centimeter is nearly the
diameter of a dime, a little less than half an
inch. A millimeter is about the thickness of a
dime.

8
Metric Conversion Steps
For more on conversions visitAll you will need
to know about metric.
9
English to Metric Conversions
• 39,370 inches 1 kilometer
• 3280.8 feet 1 kilometer
• .62 miles 1 kilometer
• 39 inches 1 meter
• 3.28 feet 1 meter
• 1 inch 254 mm
• 1 inch 2.54 cm
• 1 foot 30.48 cm
• 1 yard 91.44 cm
• 1 yard .914 m
• 1 mile 1609.3 m
• 1 mile 1.609 km

You do not need to know these. They are just for
you to get an idea of how these systems compare.
10
Metric Smile Project
• ACTIVITY AND PROCEDURES
• Divide the class into groups of four.
• Each student will measure and record the length
of each person's smile in their group (in
centimeters).
• The students need to check their results against
the results of the rest of the group. If there
are any discrepancies the students should verify
the results as a group.

11
Project (continued)
• When an accurate measurement has been obtained
for each child the results are recorded on the
chalkboard as each child records them at their
seat.
• Order all the measurements from least to
greatest.
• Graph your results.

12
Last Steps
• Find the sum of all the smiles in your classroom.
Don't forget the teachers, it is often the
largest and often forgotten because the students
are so involved in this activity.
• Create one smile out of construction paper that
is the length of the of all the smiles in your
room.
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