# The Metrix: comet

TLF ID L8145

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 millilitre equivalent of 50 cm3 of rocket fuel additive.) Race to beat two other spacecraft to collect the riches in the comet's tail. This learning object is the first in a series of six learning objects.

#### Educational details

Key learning objectives
• Students apply knowledge of relationships in metric measurement by converting between units of mass, length and capacity.
• Students interpret terminology for mass, length and capacity to solve problems.
Educational value
• Provides opportunities for students to practise converting whole numbers of units of measurement for mass, length and capacity.
• Presents metric tables that show the relationships between units, and highlight whole number place value concepts.
• Provides feedback that supports the development of strategies for conversion between units.
• Encourages repeated use by providing three random sets of tasks.
Year level

6

TopicsSI units
Learning area
• mathematics
Strand
• Mathematics/Number and algebra
• Mathematics/Measurement and geometry
Student activity
• Interactives;
• Experiment;
• Analysis;
• Modelling;
• Multiple choice questions

#### Other details

Contributors
• Script writer
• Name: Michael Wagner
• Organisation: Godwin + Wagner
• Address: Box Hill South VIC 3128 Australia
• Subject matter expert
• Name: Howard Reeves
• Address: Lindisfarne TAS 7015 Australia
• Educational validator
• Name: Jenni Way
• Address: Springwood NSW 2777 Australia
• Technical implementer
• Publisher
• Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
• Organisation: Education Services Australia
• Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
• URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
• Educational validator
• Name: Paul White
• Address: Strathfield NSW 2135 Australia
Access profile
• Colour independence
• Device independence
• Hearing independence
• Generic
Learning resource type
• Interactive Resource
Browsers
• Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
• Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
• Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
Operating systems
• MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
• MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
Platform requirements
• Due to the use of rich media content, this learning object is suitable for a connection speed of 256kb/s or faster.
Rights
• © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.

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