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Monumental measurement mess ups

Did you know that in Australia we use a metric system for measurement? See if you know the units of measurement for length, mass and volume. Find out what system the United States uses. You guessed it - they don't use the metric system! See how a mix up of these units can cause all kinds of mess ups.

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HOTmaths: using a beam balance

Estimate the mass of an everyday object and then check using a beam balance.

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The Metrix: mass

Measure the mass of a drinking water container required to fit into the Metrix spacecraft. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and capacity to help you make unit conversions. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects.

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The Metrix: metric table

Complete the missing information in the metric measurement table for units of length. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects.

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The Metrix: length 1

Measure the lengths of cable required to repair a broken tile on the Metrix spacecraft. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and capacity to help you make unit conversions. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects.

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The Metrix: length 2

Replace a reflective tile of the required thickness on the Metrix spacecraft. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and capacity to help you make unit conversions. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects.

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The Metrix: capacity 1

Fill the cargo hold of the Metrix spacecraft with the required volume of cargo. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and capacity to help you make unit conversions. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects.

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The Metrix: capacity 2

Add the amount of explosive powder required to ignite the Metrix spacecraft, to its fuel tank. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and capacity to help you make unit conversions. This learning object is one in a series of 26 tools within the series.

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The Metrix: power

Charge the Metrix spacecraft’s laser gun with the required power rating. Use the metric measurement table to help you make unit conversions. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects.

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The Metrix: frequency

Replace the Metrix computer’s failed CPU with the required frequency component. Use the metric measurement table to help you make unit conversions. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects.

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The Metrix: volume

Calculate the required volume of antibiotic to fight an alien virus threatening the Metrix spacecraft. Use the metric measurement table for volume to help you make unit conversions. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects.

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The Metrix: decimals: mass 1

Measure the mass of a drinking water container required to fit into the Metrix spacecraft. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and capacity to help you make unit conversions involving decimal numbers. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects.

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The Metrix: decimals: length 1

Measure the docking port required to dock the Metrix spacecraft with the space station. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and capacity to help you make unit conversions involving decimal numbers. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects within the series.

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The Metrix: decimals: capacity

Select the appropriate air tank for your spacewalk so you can repair a damaged tile on the Metrix spacecraft. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and capacity to help you make unit conversions involving decimal numbers. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects.

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The Metrix: decimals: length 2

Replace a reflective tile of the required thickness on the Metrix spacecraft. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and capacity to help you make unit conversions involving decimal numbers. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects.

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The Metrix: decimals: area 1

Measure the required size of a solar panel to replace a damaged one on the Metrix spacecraft. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and capacity to help you make unit conversions involving decimal numbers. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects.

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The Metrix: decimals: volume

Measure the volume of a drinking water container needed for the Metrix spacecraft. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and capacity to help you make unit conversions involving decimal numbers. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects.

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The Metrix: decimals: rate 1

Measure the rate of speed required for the Metrix spacecraft to escape the Earth’s orbit. Use the metric measurement table to help you make unit conversions involving decimal numbers. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects.

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The Metrix: decimals: rate 2

Measure the air pressure required to destroy an alien attacking the Metrix spacecraft, by converting between units of volume and time. Use the metric measurement table to help you make unit conversions involving decimals. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects.

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The Metrix: decimals: area 2

Stake your claim on a newly discovered planet's most appropriate area of landmass. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and capacity to help you make unit conversions involving decimal numbers. This learning object is one in a series of 26 objects