Visualizing the Metric System
Date: 08/02/97 at 15:58:14 From: James Sheldon Subject: Metric System I understand how to use the metric system to do conversions and stuff like that... but I have one problem. It's really hard to visualize stuff in the metric system. What are some common things that could be used to approximate lengths and to give a visual picture of the different lengths in the metric system?
Date: 08/08/97 at 14:24:38 From: Doctor Rob Subject: Re: Metric System Here are some things that might be useful in visualizing conversions: 8 kilometers <-> 5 miles 1 kilometer <-> 7 city blocks 1 meter <-> 1 yard 1 centimeter <-> width of a fingernail 1 millimeter <-> width of a rubber band 1 gram <-> mass of a jelly bean 1 kilogram <-> mass of a baseball bat 1 megagram = 1 metric ton <-> 1 ton (2000 pounds) 1 liter <-> 1 quart 1 milliliter = 1 cubic centimeter <-> volume of a die (1 of a pair of dice) If you have other units you want equivalents for, send them and we'll try to help. -Doctor Rob, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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