Everyday maths for Health and Social Care and Education Support 1
Everyday maths for Health and Social Care and Education Support 1

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Everyday maths for Health and Social Care and Education Support 1

Session 2: Units of measure


You come across problems requiring calculation every day. These problems could be related to money, time, length, weight, capacity and temperature. For example, measuring a patient’s weight and height to calculate their BMI or measuring the correct amount of a medicine for a child.

In this session of the course you will find out about measuring and calculating length, distance, weight, temperature and volume. You will learn how to use different metric measurements, such as kilometres, metres and centimetres, grams and kilograms, and litres.

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • measure and understand the sizes of objects
  • understand the distances between places
  • find out how heavy things are and understand weights
  • measure and compare temperatures
  • measure and understand volumes and capacities.
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Units of measure can come in many different types and sizes, which can be confusing.

If you’re planning a journey and trying to work out how long it’ll take or trying to fit a new piece of furniture into a room, or even trying to judge how much something might weigh, understanding units of measure can be vital.

Things like measuring your temperature, measuring length and distance are all vital to get right just like measuring weight.

And whatever you’re measuring, if you can get the measurements right first time, life will be a lot easier.

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