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H.Pownell, SPN

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Metric System The metric system is based upon the decimal system A zero should always be placed in front of the decimal when the amount is less than 1 When converting to larger or smaller, you are either moving the decimal left or right. Larger to smaller you move to the right Smaller to larger you move to the left LMNOPQRS

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Grams- unit for weight of a solid Liter-unit for the volume of liquid Meter- unit for length

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Metric Prefixes Prefix Number Value Kilo Hecto Deka Deci Centri Milli Micro

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Abbreviations Volume Weight L - liter mL- milliliter kL- kiloliter dL-deciliter g - gram Mg- milligram Mcg- microgram Kg-kilogram

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Converting Within Metric Units Dividing or Multiplying by 1000 gets determined by size of unit Ex. 100 ml 1 L smaller to larger Good to Know 1 kg= 1000 g 1 g = 1000mg 1 mg= 1000 mcg 1 L= 1000 mL

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1. Zero in front of the decimal when less than 1 2. ALWAYS (should) have a label of measurement 3. Convert fractions to decimals 4. Be careful when writing abbreviations, state clearly what the unit is

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