# 17 The Metric System

If you grew up in the United States, you might not be as familiar with the metric system in everyday life as you will need to be in the culinary or bakery professions. There are four measurements that you need to be familiar with:

The *kilogram,* which is roughly the weight of a bunch of bananas, a cantaloupe, or a pineapple.

The *gram,* which is roughly the weight of a quarter teaspoon sugar, a pinch of salt, or two raisins.

The *liter,* which is a little more than a quart.

The *milliliter,* which is less than a quarter teaspoon.

There are two conversions you need to know:

- 1 kilogram = 1000 grams
- 1 liter = 1000 milliliters

When you convert *within *the metric system in this class, you don’t need to do any rounding. We will use the factor labeling method to do the conversions for this class. You will need to show your work using factor labeling.

For example, how many grams are in 3.24 kilograms?

How many liters are in 546 milliliters?

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## Assignment

## Purpose

To become familiar with the metric system and practice making conversions for measurements in the metric system using factor labeling.

## Outcomes

By completing this assignment, you will be able to…

- Understand the most likely measurement of volumes and weights in the metric system.
- Make conversions for measurements in the metric system using factor labeling.

## Instructions

To complete this assignment…

- Use the examples given in the instructions to choose the most likely measurements of given quantities.
- Use the relationships you have been given to make the conversions.
- Use factor labeling to set up the problems.

## Tips for Success

To help in the completion of this assignment, make sure to:

- Include the factor label set-up for each problem in order to get credit.
- You do not need to round the answers to conversions within the metric system.
- You do not need to show your work for numbers 1-8.

**Metric System Assignment**

1) What is the most likely measurement for a bottle of soda?

- 2 liters
- 2 milliliters
- 2 grams

2) What is the most likely measurement for a watermelon?

- 9.5 grams
- 9.5 liters
- 9.5 kilograms

3) What is the most likely measurement for a bunch of parsley?

- 55 kilograms
- 55 grams
- 55 liters

4) What is the most likely measurement for vanilla extract added to a cookie recipe?

- 5 kilograms
- 5 milliliters
- 5 liters

5) What is the most likely measurement for an apple?

- 100 grams
- 100 kilograms
- 100 liters

6) What is the most likely measurement for a bottle of vodka?

- 750 kilograms
- 750 liters
- 750 milliliters

7) What is the most likely measurement for a bottle of vegetable oil?

- 5 milliliters
- 5 grams
- 5 liters

8) What is the most likely measurement for a bag of flour?

- 3 grams
- 3 milliliters
- 3 kilograms

9) 13 kilograms = ______ grams

10) 4587 grams = ______ kilograms

11) 32 grams = ______ kilograms

12) 46 liters = ______ milliliters

13) 6703 milliliters = ______ liters

14) 842 milliliters = ______ liters

15) 0.5 kilogram = ______ grams

16) 0.34 liter = ______ milliliters

17) 35 milliliters = ______ liters

18) 56,000 grams = ______ kilograms

19) 0.064 kilograms = ______ grams

20) 26.2 liters = ______ milliliters

21) 14 liters = ______ milliliters

22) 53.2 kilograms = ______ grams

23) 5 grams = ______ kilograms

24) 600 milliliters = ______ liters