How to Measure Sixteenths on a Ruler

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You can measure something in sixteenths on any regular ruler so long as you know what you're doing. Measure sixteenths on a ruler with help from a professional math teacher in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is Marija, I'm a mathematician. And today, I'm going to show you how to measure sixteenths on a ruler. So, measuring sixteenths is actually going to be pretty easy, because the ruler between inches is split into 16 lines. So, if this is my, let's say, this is my one inch mark. And then, it goes, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, and your eight line is a little bit longer, because that's the half. Nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen and then, the sixteen one is your second inch. So, let's say, you were measuring an object, and that object ended right around here. Well, for measuring it out of sixteenths, then it's really simple, because all you have to do is count how many spaces it is. That's one, two, three, four, five, six. All you're going to do is, put six over sixteen. And then, there was one inch before, so we're doing one like that. So, if my object ends right here, it measured to be one and six-sixteenths. So, because it's split into 16 lines, all you have to do, is count the number of lines and put that over 16. So, that'll be one and six-sixteenths of an inch. So, that is how you measure sixteenths on a ruler.


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