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Metric System Basics

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Metric System The metric system is based on a base unit  that corresponds to a certain kind of  measurement Length = meter Volume = liter Weight (Mass) = gram Prefixes plus base units make up the metric  system  Example: Centi + meter = Centimeter Kilo + liter = Kiloliter
Metric System The three prefixes that we will use the  most are: kilo centi milli kilo hecto deca Base Units meter gram liter deci centi milli

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Metric System So if you needed to measure length you  would choose  meter  as your base unit Length of a tree branch 1.5 meters  Length of a room  5 meters  Length of a ball of twine stretched out 25 meters
Metric System But what if you need to measure a  longer distance, like from your house to  school? Let’s say you live approximately 10 miles  from school 10 miles = 16093 meters  16093 is a big number, but what if you  could add a  prefix  onto the base unit to  make it easier to manage: 16093 meters = 16.093 kilometers (or 16.1 if  rounded to 1 decimal place)

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## This note was uploaded on 04/12/2011 for the course CHEM 302 taught by Professor Rodriguez during the Fall '10 term at Grand Valley State University.

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