How to Convert Units of Measurement

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In order to convert units of measurements, it's helpful to be familiar with a variety of conversion rates. Find out why it's important to know that 1 centimeter has 10 millimeters with help from a tutor and teacher in this free video on education in math and science.

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Hi, my name is Samir Malik and I'm a private tutor for middle school and high school students here in the Austin area. Today we're going to be discussing about converting units of measurement. Now, many times, you know, people will ask 'Well, I ran a mile today. So how many feet is that?' or 'I am five foot tall. Well, how many inches am I?' Or, they may say 'This weighs ten grams, so, how many milligrams is that?' So often we are faced with times, in our day to day lives, where we are having to convert units of measurement. And it's a pretty simple process if you know the conversion rates. So, what I'd like to illustrate is an example, a couple of examples of converting units of measurements. If you'd like to take a look here now, I'll illustrate those to you. And now I'll be discussing, if you see here, a couple of examples of converting units of measurement. The first is, five feet equals how many inches? Well we know that one foot equals twelve inches, so five times twelve would equal sixty, so five feet equal sixty inches. The next will be, twelve centimeters equals how many millimeters? Well, we know that one centimeter has ten millimeters, so if we do twelve times ten we get one hundred and twenty. So twelve centimeters equals one hundred and twenty millimeters. So, these are some examples that I have illustrated for you for converting units of measurement.

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