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1 Chapter 7 Measurement There are two main systems for measuring distance, weight, and liquid capacity. The United States and parts of the former British Empire use customary, or standard, units of measure. This system includes inches, feet, and miles for distance, and ounces, pounds, and tons for weight. Most countries use the metric system. The metric system includes meters and kilometers for distance, and grams and kilograms for weight. Customary Measures The table below shows customary units of measure for length, weight, and liquid measure as well as units of time. Take the time to memorize any of the units and equivalents that you do not know. In the chart the larger unit of measurement is on the left of the sign. On the right of the = sign is the equivalent in smaller units. Abbreviations are in parentheses. You may see these abbreviations with or without periods at the end. Customary Units of Measure Measures of Length foot (ft) inches (in.) yard (yd) 36 inches yard 3 feet mile (mi) 58 feet mile 76 yards Measures of Weight pound (lb) 6 ounces (oz) ton (T) pounds Liquid Measures pint (pt) 6 ounces (oz) cup 8 ounces pint cups quart (qt) pints gallon (gal) 4 quarts Measures of Time minute (min) 6 seconds (sec) hour (hr) 6 minutes day 4 hours week (wk) 7 days year (yr) 365 days 83

2 84 Mathematics It is often convenient to change, or convert, from one unit of measure to another. For example, inches are appropriate units for measuring short distances such as the width of a table. Feet are appropriate for longer distances, such as the dimensions of a room. The distance between cities is usually measured in miles. RULE To change from a smaller unit to a larger unit, you need to divide. When you change from a smaller unit to a larger unit, you want fewer of the larger units. Example Change 8 ounces to pounds. 8 Step Remember that the fraction bar means to divide. Write 8 as the numerator and 6, the number of ounces in one pound, as the denominator. Step Reduce. 8 ounces pound 6 RULE To change from a larger unit to a smaller unit, you need to multiply. lb When you change from a larger unit to a smaller unit, you want more of the smaller units. Example Change feet to inches. Multiply by, the number of inches in one foot. feet inches in. When you convert from one unit of measure to another, there is often more than one way to express the answer. Example 3 Step Change 6 quarts to gallons. Divide 6 by 4, the number of quarts in one gallon. Step Express the remainder as a fraction and reduce. 4 gal 6 quarts gallons 4 6 Example 4 Change 6 quarts to gallons and quarts. Step Step Divide 6 by 4, the number of quarts in one gallon. gal qt 4 6 Express the remainder as quarts. 6 quarts gallon quarts The answers to Examples 3 and 4 are both acceptable.

3 Chapter 7 ~ Measurement 85 EXERCISE Directions: For problems 6, change each measurement to a fraction of the new unit that follows.. 8 inches yard 8 hours day. 4 minutes hour ounces pound 3. 9 inches foot quarts gallon 4. 5 pounds ton 58 feet mile 5. cup pint 5 minutes hour 6. 5 days week 8 inches foot For problems 7, change each measurement to the smaller unit that follows pounds ounces 4 feet inches 8. 5 minutes seconds yards feet 9. 3 tons pounds 4 days hours. miles feet 5 gallons quarts Solve problems 5.. A group of neighbors cooked 3 quarts of tomatoes. They wanted to can them in gallon jars. How many gallon jars did they need for canning?. Pieter and his son went camping for 3 whole days. Altogether, how many hours did they camp? 3. Latisha s car was double-parked for 45 minutes. For what fraction of an hour was her car double-parked? 4. Kwan climbed a mountain that is,56 feet high. Find the mountain s height in miles. 5. Frank has to carry 3 tons of cement. If his truck carries a maximum of 5 pounds at a time, how many trips will Frank have to make? Answers are on page 4.

4 86 Mathematics Metric Measures In the metric system, units of measure are multiples of,, and. In other words, metric units of measure rely on decimals. In the metric system, the basic unit length is the meter. A meter is a little longer than one yard. The basic unit of liquid measure is the liter. A liter is about the same size as a quart. The basic unit of weight is the gram. A gram is a very small unit of weight such as the weight of a couple of aspirin tablets. A kilogram, which is the metric unit used to weigh people, is a little more than pounds. These prefixes are used in metric measurements. Learn their meanings before you go on. kilo- hecto- deca- base deci- centi- milliunit liter... meter gram Examples one kilometer = meters one milliliter =. liter or liter one deciliter =. liter or liter one centimeter =. meter or meter Below are the most common metric measures and their abbreviations. Take the time now to learn these units before you go on. Metric Units of Measure Measures of Length meter (m) = millimeters (mm) meter = centimeters (cm) kilometer (km) = meters decimeter (dm) = meter Measures of Weight gram (g) = milligrams (mg) kilogram (kg) = grams Liquid Measures liter (L) = milliliters (ml) deciliter (dl) = liter

5 Chapter 7 ~ Measurement 87 To change from one unit to another, simply move the decimal point. RULE To change from a larger unit to a smaller unit, you need to multiply. You will be moving the decimal point to the right. Example Change.5 meters to centimeters. Multiply.5 by. Move the decimal.5 5 point two places to the right..5 meters 5 cm RULE To change from a smaller unit to a larger unit, you need to divide. You will be moving the decimal point to the left. Example Change 65 milliliters to liters. Divide 65 by. Move the decimal point three places to the left. 65 ml.65 L L Review the shortcuts for multiplying and dividing by,, and on pages 86 and 89. EXERCISE Directions: For problems 3, answer each question.. One kilogram is equal to how many grams?. One centimeter is equal to what fraction of a meter? 3. One milliliter is equal to what fraction of a liter? For problems 4 8, change each metric measurement to the unit that follows kilograms grams 9 meters centimeters liters milliliters 4 kilometers meters 6..6 kilograms grams.5 liter milliliters 7. 8 centimeters meter 795 grams kilogram 8. 5 meters kilometer 38 milliliters liter Answers are on page 4.

6 88 Mathematics Converting Measurements Using Proportion to Convert Measurements You can use proportion to change one unit of measure to another. Remember that the parts of a proportion must correspond. Example Use a proportion to change 3 pounds to ounces. Step Write a proportion with the ratio of pound to 6 6 ounces on the left. Write 3 in the pound position. Let x represent the missing ounces. lb 3 oz x Step Find the cross products. x 48 Step 3 Divide by. x 48 3 pounds 48 ounces Example Use a proportion to change quarts to gallons. Step Write a proportion with the ratio of gallon to 4 4 quarts on the left. Write in the quart position. Let x represent the missing gallons. gal x qt Step Find the cross products. 4x Step 3 Divide by 4. x quarts gallons Example 3 Use a proportion to change 9.6 meters to centimeters. Step Write a proportion with the ratio of meter to centimeters on the left. Write 9.6 in the meter position. Let x represent the missing centimeters. m 9.6 cm x Step Find the cross products. x 96 Step 3 Divide by. x meters 96 centimeters

7 Chapter 7 ~ Measurement 89 EXERCISE 3 Directions: Use a proportion to solve each of the following problems.. Change ounces to pounds.. Change 35 centimeters to meters. 3. Change 5 minutes to hours. 4. Change 75 inches to feet. 5. Change 85 milliliters to liters. 6. Change 9 quarts to pints. 7. Change 3 pounds to ounces Change 4 pounds to tons. For more practice, use proportion to solve the measures in Exercises and. Interchanging Measures Answers are on page 4. On the GED Mathematics Test you will not have to convert between customary units of measure and metric units. However, to get an idea of how the systems compare, use the following chart. Units of Length inch =.54 centimeters centimeter.3937 inch foot.348 meter meter inches mile.6 kilometers kilometer.6 mile Units of Weight pound.453 kilogram kilogram. pounds Example Max drives 6 miles to work every weekday morning. What is his driving distance in kilometers? Multiply 6 miles by.6, the approximate equivalent in kilometers. Max drives 9.6 kilometers to work km

8 9 Mathematics EXERCISE 4 Directions: Use the chart of equivalents on page 89 to solve each problem. Round each answer to the nearest unit.. Sam weighs 8 pounds. What is his weight in kilograms?. Maria weighs 55 kilograms. What is her weight in pounds? 3. Mary is 5 feet 6 inches tall. What is her height in centimeters? (Hint: First change her height to inches.) 4. The driving distance between Cleveland and Boston is 63 miles. What is this distance in kilometers? 5. The air travel distance between Paris and Berlin is 54 kilometers. What is this distance in miles? 6. A standard sheet of copy paper in the U.S. is 8 inches wide and inches high. What are these measurements in centimeters? Answers are on page 4. Scales, Meters, and Gauges A ruler is a tool for measuring short distances. With customary measures, rulers are marked in inches and feet. With metric measures, rulers are marked in centimeters and meters. Gauges are tools for measuring mileage, temperature, speed, electrical current, blood pressure, and so on. Below is a 6-inch ruler. A B C D The longest lines on the ruler are inch lines. They are numbered,, 3, and so on. The second-longest lines are -inch lines. The next longest lines are -inch lines. The shortest lines are 4 -inch lines. Many rulers include even 8 smaller -inch lines. 6 To read a length on a ruler, decide how far a point is to the right of zero.

9 Chapter 7 ~ Measurement 9 Example Tell how far to the right of zero the points labeled A, B, C, and D on the ruler are. Point A is inches. Point A is at the line labeled. Point B is 3 inches. Point B is between and 3 inches. 4 Point B is at the third -inch line 4 between and 3. Point C is 3 3 inches. Point C is between 3 and 4 inches. 8 Point C is at the third -inch line 8 between 3 and 4. Point D is 5 inches. Point D is between 5 and 6 inches. Point D is at the -inch line between 5 and 6. Notice that distances on the 6-inch ruler were given in fractions. The next illustration shows a metric scale that is 5 centimeters long. The longest lines on the metric scale are the centimeter lines, labeled,, 3, and so on. The next longest lines are the -centimeter lines, or.5-centimeter lines. The shortest lines are millimeter lines, or.-centimeter lines. Notice in the next example that all distances on the metric scale are given in decimals. E F G H Example Tell how far to the right of zero the points labeled E, F, G, and H on the ruler are. Point E is 3 centimeters. Point E is at the line labeled 3. Point F is 6.5 centimeters. Point F is between 6 and 7 centimeters. Point F is at the middle line, which is.5 centimeter. Point G is 8.4 centimeters. Point G is between 8 and 9 centimeters. Point G is at the fourth millimeter, or.4-centimeter line. Point H is.7 centimeters. Point H is between and 3 centimeters. Point H is at the seventh millimeter, or.7-centimeter line.

10 9 Mathematics Example 3 What is the distance from point F to point G? Point G (the farther point) is 8.4 centimeters. Point F (the point closer to zero) is 6.5 centimeters. Subtract to find the difference centimeters The diagram at the right shows the dial of an instrument that measures amperes. An ampere is a unit of electric current. The dial is labeled from to 5 with a small mark halfway between each number. 3 AMPERES 4 5 Example 4 What is the reading, in amperes, on the gauge shown above? The arrow is halfway between 3 and 4. The reading on the gauge is 35 amperes. EXERCISE 5 Directions: For problems 5, tell the distance in inches from of each labeled point on the ruler below. J K L M N Point J. Point K 3. Point L 4. Point M 5. Point N 6. What is the distance from point K to point N?

11 Chapter 7 ~ Measurement 93 For problems 7, tell the distance in centimeters from of each labeled point on the ruler below. P Q R S T Point P 8. Point Q 9. Point R. Point S. Point T. What is the distance from point P to point S? For problems 3 5, use the diagram to the right of each question. 3. What is the approximate reading, in amperes, of the meter shown at the right? 3 AMPERES The diagram at the right shows a voltmeter. Volts are a measure of electromotive force. What is the approximate reading, in volts, on the meter? VOLTS The voltmeter pictured at the right takes of a second to rise one volt. How many seconds has it taken to rise to the amount shown? VOLTS Answers are on page 43.

12 94 Mathematics GED PRACTICE Measurement Review PART I Directions: Use a calculator to solve any of the problems in this section. For problems and, mark each answer on the corresponding number grid.. inches are what fraction of a yard? Choose the correct answer for the following problems. 3. At a price of \$4.8 per pound, what is the cost of lb 4 oz of cheese? () \$ 9.6 () \$.8 (3) \$.6 (4) \$4.4 (5) \$9. 4. From a cable 4 meters long, Carlo cut a piece.5 meters long. Find the length, in centimeters, of the remaining piece.. 5 centimeters are the same as how many meters? () 85 () 5 (3) 85 (4) 5 (5) Gianni needs 3 yd 8 in. of material to make a suit. What is the greatest number of suits that he can make from 5 yards of material? () 5 () 4 (3) 3 (4) (5) 6. For a blood drive at Heather s office, the workers donated 36.5 liters on Wednesday, 4. liters on Thursday, and 5. liters on Friday. To the nearest tenth of a liter, what was the average amount donated each day? () 4.9 () 5. (3) 58.8 (4) 64.4 (5) 8.8

13 Chapter 7 ~ Measurement 95 PART II Directions: Solve the problems below without using a calculator. Use the 3-inch ruler pictured below to answer problems 7 and 8. S T U Use the 8-centimeter ruler pictured below to answer problems and. Mark each answer on the corresponding number grid. X Y Z What is the distance, in inches, from zero to point U?. What is the distance, in centimeters, from zero to point Z? () () 3 8 (3) (4) 5 8 (5) What is the distance, in inches, between points S and T? () 3 4 () 7 8. What is the distance, in centimeters, between points X and Y? (3) 8 (4) 5 8 (5) Which of the following represents the average weight of three boxes that weigh.5 kg,.96 kg, and. kg respectively? () () (.5.96.) (3) (4) (5)

14 96 Mathematics. Fred bought 5 cans of tomato paste. Each can weighed 4 ounces. Which of the following represents the total weight of the cans in pounds? () () (3) (4) (5) What is the reading, in amperes, on the meter below? () 9 () 3 (3) 34 (4) 37 (5) 4 3 AMPERES What is the reading, in volts, on the meter below? () 76 () 79 (3) 84 VOLTS (4) 89 (5) Answers are on page 43. You should have gotten at least problems right on this exercise. If you did not get right, review your measurements skills before you go on. If you got or more right, correct any problem you got wrong. Then go on to the next chapter.

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