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USMA's Guide to the Use of the Metric System


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the 17th edition (2007) of USMA's

Guide To The Use Of The Metric System

A newly-updated easy-to-use 34-page metric system style guide that shows the metric units and symbols and how to use them correctly. It includes:

  • commonly used units and prefixes
  • detailed sections showing all units
  • rules and conventions for metric unit usage
  • illustrations to help you remember units and their sizes
  • tables that provide such data as forming different sizes of metric units
  • sections showing the quantities that metric units represent
  • appendixes with conversion factors, etc.

This guide is also a very useful reference for teachers.

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Table of Contents

1 INTRODUCTION
1.1 Definitions 1

2 COMMONLY USED METRIC SYSTEM UNITS & SYMBOLS
2.1 Commonly Used Units
2.2 Commonly Used Prefixes
2.3 Metric (Everyday) Temperature Unit
2.4 Structuring Metric Units
2.5 Inch-Pound Unit Replacements
2.6 Remembering Sizes of Metric System Units

3 RULES AND CONVENTIONS FOR USING THE METRIC SYSTEM
3.1 Capitals
3.2 Plurals
3.3 Periods
3.4 Spacing
3.5 Symbol Usage
3.6 Pronunciation
3.7 Superscripts
3.8 Mixing Metric and Inch-Pound System Terms
3.9 Spelling Out Numbers with SI Units/Symbols
3.10 Stating of Ranges for SI Units/Symbols
3.11 Approved Non-Metric Units
3.12 Conversion Factors

4 TECHNICAL METRIC DATA
4.1 SI Base Units
4.2 Derived Units
4.3 Derived Unit Names
4.4 Metric Unit Prefixes
4.5 Prefix Rules
4.6 Spelling
4.7 Multiples/Submultiples
4.8 Kelvin Temperature
4.9 Italic Typeface Not Used for Metric Symbols
4.10 Mixing Multiples/Submultiples in a Statement
4.11 Showing Division with Metric Units & Symbols
4.12 Showing Multiplication with Metric Symbols & Units
4.13 Fractions
4.14 Using Modifiers Involving Squared or Cubed Units

5 GENERAL SI INFORMATION
5.1 Volume
5.2 Mass and Force
5.3 Mass
5.4 Force
5.5 Hard versus Soft Metric Dimensions
5.6 Rounding Off and Tolerances in Soft Conversion
5.7 International Standards
5.8 Metric Nation Differing Practices/Conventions
5.9 Automobile Fuel Consumption
5.10 Obsolete Metric System Units & Symbols
5.11 Acceptable Non-Metric (and Non-SI) Units
5.12 Technical Unit Usage
5.13 Major Reference Documents

APPENDIX A. Commonly Used Non-SI Units & SI Base/Derived Unit Replacements

APPENDIX B. ISO International Paper Sizes

APPENDIX C. Commonly Used Metric Unit Conversion Factors

APPENDIX D. Metric System Equivalents for Some Unusual Units

APPENDIX E. Approximate Conversions for Fractions of an Inch into Millimeters

APPENDIX F. Relationships of SI Derived Units with Special Names and SI Base Units

INDEX

List of Tables
Table 1. Forming Different Sizes of Metric Units
Table 2. Quick Reference Guide for Everyday Metric Units
Table 3. Approximate Conversion Factors for Inch-Pound and Metric Units
Table 4. SI Metric Unit Prefixes
Table 5. Non-SI Units Approved for Use (or Currently Being Used) in the SI
Table 6. Relationship of SI Units & Units Approved in SI Usage

List of Figures
Figure 1. Antoine Frame-of-Reference Items for Remembering Metric Units
Figure 2. Radian and Steradian Measurement Illustration


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