Lesson

When we are problem-solving, we might have to convert to the same units before we can solve. Let's try this problem to review.

Convert 946 grams to kilograms.

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Converting units of mass

When you convert from a larger unit to a smaller unit (e.g. \text{t} to \text{kg}), you multiply.

When you convert from a smaller unit to a larger unit (e.g.\text{g} to \text{kg}), you divide.

This video introduces the connections with decimals and fractions to the units of mass.

How many grams is 500 miligrams?

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Idea summary

If we have part of a unit, we can express that using fractions and decimals, but we can also express it with a different unit. Half a kilogram is the same as 500 grams.

This video looks at a story problem that involves adding and subtracting masses.

James buys a 4000 \text{ g} box of washing powder.

If he uses 2.3 \text{ kg} of the washing powder, how many grams of powder is left in the box?

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Idea summary

If we are solving problems, changing units can often help with solving.