Duplicate
and distribute these activities. Students may work independently
or cooperatively.
Metric System
In segment 11, we learned that the United States is one of only three countries that do not use the Metric System for measurements.
What is the metric system, and why is it the preferred system for most other countries?
Do some research on the metric system and its advantages and disadvantages. You may want
to answer some of these questions in your research:
• Which system of measurement does the United States use?
• What are the base units of the metric system?
• What are the common length and distance measurements in the metric system?
• How are weight and mass measured in the metric system?
• Why do people say the metric system is the simplest measurement system?
Prepare either a written report or a graphic report that displays the information you've gathered
about the metric system. Present your information to the class. You may also want to offer your
opinion about whether or not the United States should adapt the metric system. The U.S. Metric Association
Web site is a great starting place to help students learn more about the Metric System
Metric Conversions The employees of Kodak learned the basics of the metric system, and how to
convert measurements using that system. Take a look at the metric conversion table below,
and use it to answer the questions.
After you are finished with these exercises test your knowledge by visiting the Planet Work Web site to take our online Metric quiz.
Length and distance 
Multiply by: 
To find: 
inches 
2.540 
centimeters 
feet 
30.480 
centimeters 
yards 
.914 
meters 
miles 
1.609 
kilometers 
millimeters 
.039 
inches 
centimeters 
.394 
inches 
meters 
1.094 
yards 
kilometers 
.621 
miles 
• A table is 35 inches long. How long is it in centimeters?
• If you are 5 feet, 3 inches tall, how tall are you in centimeters?
• If you travel 100 miles, how far have you traveled in kilometers?
• If a field is 20 yards long, how long is it in meters?
• If you drive 57 kilometers per hour, how fast are you going in miles per hour?
