Unit conversions are broken down to their crumbling bones and destroyed by my long agonizing process of conversion. I go over every single possible step and error you could make in a unit conversion problem and tell you how to get the correct answer. Knowing how to convert units of measure is incredibly important, yet because students hate units for some reason, they all like to ignore them and act like answers don’t need them! I go over three examples all using common metric system measurements and I explain calmly and simply exactly how to get the right answer.

If you’re completely unfamiliar with the metric system and fraction math, review those before watching this video. You have to be able to cancel out and multiply fractions correctly. You also have to be able to find how many of each unit equal the unit you’re trying to solve for. This is done in the metric system by knowing the correct prefixes and what they stand for.

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Get your hands on a metric conversion table or metric conversion chart before you start these problems. Another important thing to remember is that all unit conversion problems are the exact same concept, although people have such different ways of drawing their own systems out that they can all look different at first. Even if you are using a shortcut like the triangle that’s cut into three pieces, that is still using the same math as all of the other ways to solve, it just is being drawn differently.

The most important thing in these problems and most problems in general is to understand what you are doing. Do not do into these unit conversions blind, make sure you generally understand what the units you’re converting stand for, that you really understand which one is smaller and which one is bigger, and that you understand what the goal of your problem is.

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