Metric King Henry

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This is a tale about King Henry and how he was helped in developing a method to remember the order of the metric prefixes. It was made especially for nursing students.

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Metric King Henry

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  2. 2. Once upon a time in a faraway land there lived a king who lovedchocolate milk. His name was KingHenry. 2
  3. 3. Throughout his kingdom, King Henry madesure that all of the cows were fed greatsupplies of chocolate to continue to providehim with his beloved chocolate milk drink. 3
  4. 4. King Henry drank chocolate milk with hisbreakfast. He drank chocolate milk with hislunch. He drank chocolate milk with hisdinner. He even drank chocolate milk for hisbedtime snack. King Henry drank chocolatemilk by the liters! 4
  5. 5. King Henry wanted all livingcreatures in his kingdom toenjoy chocolate milk as muchas he enjoyed chocolate milk.However, a liter was not thebest serving size for everycreature. The Royal Carpenterwas called for and thecommand was given for newserving vessels to be createdto fit every creature in thekingdom. 5
  6. 6. For the creatures smaller than the king,the Royal Carpenter designed decilitersthat were 1/10th the size of a liter,centiliters that were 1/100th the size of aliter, milliliters that were 1/1000th the sizeof a liter, and microliters that were1/1,000,000th the size of a liter.The microliliters were just rightfor the Royal Beetles andTiny Bugs of the kingdom. 6
  7. 7. For the creatures greater than theking, the Royal Carpenter designeddekaliters that were 10 times thesize of a liter, hectoliters that were100 times the size of a liter, andkiloliters that were 1000 times thesize of a liter. The kiloliters werejust right for the Royal Giants of thekingdom. 7
  8. 8. The Royal Carpenter lined the vessels up in his workroom from largest to smallest to show the king. The king’s vessel was in the center of the line, for the king was the center of the kingdom. The vessels were arranged in the following order:kiloliter hectoliter dekaliter liter deciliter centiliter milliliter 8
  9. 9. King Henry loved the new vessels that weredesigned larger and smaller than his own forall of the living creatures in his kingdom. TheRoyal Carpenter explained that the sizesincreased and decreased from the king’sliter, the original unit of measurement, bymultiples of ten. He explained how toconvert between the sizes by multiplying byten or dividing by ten. King Henry wonderedhow he would ever remember the order ofthe vessels. 9
  10. 10. The Royal Carpenter said that heremembered them by thinking of a saying.He said, “I remember the order by saying‘King Henry Does Usually DrinkChocolate Milk’ and then I have no problemremembering the order.” “That is exactlyright!” said King Henry. “I usully do drinkchocolate milk. Laugh Out Loud! Now I shallremember the sizes of the 9-vessels youmade!” To celebrate, he took another bigdrink of chocolate milk and …….. 10
  11. 11. died. 11
  12. 12. What’s the moral of the story?King Henry Died (Unexpectedly) DrinkingChocolate Milk so stop Making-it!! 12
  13. 13. Metric Conversion Mnumonic• King (kilo, 1,000)• Henry (hecto, 100)• Died (deka, 10)• Unexpectedly (Unit of measurement• Drinking (deci 1/10)• Chocolate (centi 1/100)• Milk (milli, 1/1,000)• so• stop• Making-it (micro, 1/1,000,000) 13
  14. 14. TheEnd 14

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