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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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The Metrix: comet

Captain the Metrix spacecraft on a mission to collect valuable minerals from the dust of a comet's tail. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and capacity to help you make unit conversions. The decisions you make will impact the success of the mission. (For example, to ensure a successful launch, select the ...

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The Metrix: new planet

Captain the Metrix spacecraft on its mission to a new planet. Use the metric measurement tables for length, volume and area to help you make decisions about the spacecraft’s launch, flight and landing. For example, to select and load the correct ship’s cargo, convert three cubic metres into cubic centimetres. Reach the ...

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The Metrix: asteroid

Captain the Metrix spacecraft on a mission to save Earth from an asteroid collision. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and volume to help you make unit conversions. Some of these will involve rates, such as speed and frequency. (For example, to ensure a successful launch, select the rate of concentration ...

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The Metrix: comet: decimals

Captain the Metrix spacecraft on a mission to collect valuable minerals from the dust of a comet's tail. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and capacity to help you make unit conversions involving decimal numbers. The decisions you make will impact the success of the mission. (For example, to capture mineral ...

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The Metrix: new planet: decimals

Captain the Metrix spacecraft on its mission to a new planet. Use the metric measurement tables for length, area and volume, plus your knowledge of decimal numbers, to help you make decisions about the spacecraft's launch, flight and landing. (For example, convert 350 cm2 to m2 to select a solar panel to replace the one ...

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The Metrix: asteroid: decimals

Captain the Metrix spacecraft on its mission to save Earth from an asteroid collision. Use the metric measurement tables for mass, length and volume to help you make metric unit conversions involving decimal numbers. Some of these will involve rates, such as speed and frequency. (For example, to blow up the asteroid, find ...

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Metric Motoring, 1974: What you need to know

This clip shows a television advertisement to explain the numerical conversions required to understand the new road signs being introduced as part of Australia's change from imperial measures to the metric system. The advertisement uses simple black-and-white graphics and a voice-over. The final image reminds the viewer ...

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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.