nifty metric conversion trick
- 5Feb 21, '03 by NurseWeaselMaybe this won't help anyone but me, but when I figured it out today it was a lightbulb moment and I'll never forget how to convert mg to kg (or whatever). Here goes.
The left hand is viewed as "the big number" (kg, for instance). The right hand is viewed as "the small number" (mg, for instance). I remember this because it's kind of backwards for me as I'm right-handed. Like I said this may not make sense to anyone but me, I'm kinda wacky. Follow along...
If you wanna convert a BIG measurement <waves left hand around> to a SMALL measurement <waves right hand around>, you move the decimal place from LEFT <punches outward with left hand> to RIGHT <punches outward with right hand>.
If you wanna convert a SMALL measurement <right hand> to a BIG measurement <left hand> you move the decimal from RIGHT to LEFT.
It's all in the hands, baby. Once I got the Left=Big, Right=Small thing down, I had no problem remembering which way to move the decimal.
Wah-Lah. I sat there doing metric conversions today, waving my hands around and getting 100% on my quiz. How cool is that.
I had seen various explanations of the concept, but it wasn't until I "visualized" it with my hands that it actually STUCK in my head and was useful. Previously I was always wondering "now which way was it....?"
Hope it helps! :roll
- 0Sep 7, '08 by RNnTrainin'Quote from BBStubblesYa just think of this: King Henry Doesnt _ Drink Chocolate Milk....Get it?? It starts biggest (Kilo) to smallest (Milli)...the underscore is any thing like (gram) depending on what you are converting...does that make sense?? lol hope it helps!:wink2:
We learned it "King Henry Died By Drinking Chocolate Milk". Isn't it funny how these things really work, and we remember them!!! lol
- 6Sep 8, '08 by CT Pixie, ASN, RNQuote from TheSquireWell if you look at the age of the poster she's 40 (I am 39). I can tell you as a kid in school we NEVER learned the metric system!! Ok, thats a fib, they started trying to teach us for a short time when it was believed that the USA would convert over to the metric system, well as we all know, that never happened, so the schools stopped teaching us that.If conversion between different magnitudes of metric measurement is an issue for students in higher education, then a great many junior high schools in this country are failing at basic mathematics and science instruction.
The younger generations (YOURS) were taught the metric system, so yes, if someone YOUR age had trouble with it then I'd say that something was amiss in the schools. Give us older ones a break. We may not be able to convert metric measurments as easily as you can but we sure as heck can make change without using a cash register or a calculator.
Wow! I guess YOUR schools failed at teaching general manners..like "if you have nothing nice to say dont' say anything at all"