How would a standard system of
measurements, agreed to and used around
the world, make life easier? Give examples.
1. Explain the importance of the International
System of Units.
2. Determine the appropriate units to use for
3. Identify lab safety symbols, and determine
what they mean.
The International System of Units (SI)
current name for the metric system.
○ Used by most scientists and almost all countries.
All SI units are based on the number 10.
SI unit - meter (m).
Amount of matter that something is made of
SI unit - kilogram (kg)
Amount of space that something occupies
Liquids - liters (L) or milliliters (mL)
Solids - cubic meters (m3), cubic centimeters (cm3)
Amount of matter in a given volume
SI unit – gram per milliliter (g/mL) or grams per cubic
○ Derived quantity!
measure of how hot (or cold) something is.
○ Scientists often use degrees Celsius (°C) as the unit.
○ SI base unit - Kelvins (K)
d e n s ity
m a s s
v o lu m e
measure of how much surface an object has
Formula for area of a square or a rectangle:
Always follow your
Read lab procedures
carefully and thoroughly.
Pay special attention to
safety information and
know the safety