||[Sep. 26th, 2006|05:02 pm]
Trying to keep the synapses firing
We will eventually convert to the metric system from the english, as it really is the better system for converting and communicating. Nearly all scientific data is given in metrics. The first step is to know the common prefixes (there are more)
The unit of mass is grams, volume is liters, distance is meters. Each step up or down the prefixes is a factor of ten. If you have 1 liter, it is 10 deciliters, 1000 milliliters, 0.001 kiloliters.
An adult would weight about 60-120 kilograms and be 160-180 centimeters tall. And you already know how much 2 liters is.
The head of a pin is 2 millimeters. Bacteria are measured in micrometers, viruses in nanometers.