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Historical measures and the introduction of the metric system

Historical measures and the introduction of the metric system
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Key Info
  • Historical measures and the introduction of the metric system
  • Duration: 02:00
  • A description of the measures used for weight, length and volume in the past, such as cubids, feet, grains of barley, stones and pints. These units were not standardised and as a result the metric system was introduced to standardise weights and measures.
  • Subject:

    Maths

       Topic:

    Measurement and Scales

  • Keywords: measure, length, mass, volume, weight, capacity, cubid, span, pint, metre, kilogram, litre, metric system, unit
Ideas for use in class
  • Discussion point to start a lesson. What did we use in the past to measure the length of a door? Why was the metric system introduced? Measure things using older methods and compare with a metric unit.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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