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Posted by on Monday, July 21, 2008 at 5:29pm.

ohh im sorry i also have another problem i don't understand.

"A rectangular solid measures 1.0 m by 5.6 cm by 2.1 dm. Express its volume in cubic meters, liters, cubic inches, and cubic feet."

i don't even know what dm means !
Someoneee please help me!

  • chemistry - , Monday, July 21, 2008 at 5:38pm

    Here's the definition of dm.

    http://www.answers.com/topic/decimeter-decimetre-dm

    Check your text materials for these conversions.

  • chemistry - , Monday, July 21, 2008 at 5:39pm

    thanks!
    but what about the problem?
    I still don't understand it

  • chemistry - , Monday, July 21, 2008 at 5:51pm

    Have you checked your text materials for conversions for meters, centimeters, decimeters, inches, feet, etc.?

  • chemistry - , Monday, July 21, 2008 at 5:52pm

    yes, so do i just multiply the numbers by that?

  • chemistry - , Monday, July 21, 2008 at 5:55pm

    Give it a try. We'll be glad to check your answers.

  • chemistry - , Monday, July 21, 2008 at 6:19pm

    Note to Jecce.
    You should know all of the prefixes and all of the metric conversions or have a way in your mind to figure them out. Here is a simplified table
    K = kilo
    H = hecto
    Da = deca
    unit = meter, liter, second (time), gram
    d = deci
    c = centi
    m = milli
    To change from one unit to the other just move the decimal point to the left if moving up the table and move the decimal point to the right if moving down the table. How many places do we move the decimal point? One place for each unit we move. For example, to change 120 mm to m we move up the chart 1 to centi, 1 more to deci and 1 more to m or a total of 3 places. Since we moved UP the table, we move the decimal point to the left and 120 mm becomes 0.120 m. Voila!.
    See your earlier post for a site that gives all of the prefixes.
    For conversions from metric to English, or the reverse, I remember a few conversion factors but not very many. I know there are 2.54 cm = 1 inch, 12 inches = 1 ft, 231 cubic inches = 1 gallon, 144 square inches = 1 square foot and 1728 cubic inches = 1 cubic foot.

  • chemistry - , Monday, July 21, 2008 at 6:21pm

    m = meter = length
    s = second = time
    g = gram = mass
    L = liter = volume
    Remember that 1 cc = 1 cubic centimeter = 1 milliliter = 1 mL.

  • chemistry - , Monday, July 21, 2008 at 6:27pm

    I said I left a site for you below but that was for another student. Scroll down a question or two below and find my response to Mandy. I left a site there that lists all of the prefixes.

  • chemistry - , Monday, July 21, 2008 at 6:33pm

    Thank you!
    that really cleared things up for me. I saw that website as well.

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