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From: M. Benfield <M_Benfield@fuse.net>
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2001102304:00:42
Subject: metric conversions

	I have my stidents set up their measurements in proportion form
always going through the basic unit.   
Example:   8.32 Kilometers = ____meters

           Kilometers    1      8.32
                      _____  =  ______
           Meters      1000       X

             
                           X = 8.32 (1000)
                           X = 8320 meters

By the way -  Kilo means 1000

         and  7.89 meters = ________kilometers

             kilometers     1        X
                          ____   = _____
             meters       1000      7.89

                           7.89  =  1000 X
                    
                           7.89 / 1000 = X
                           .00789 kilometers = X   

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