# Getting the Job Done: Converting Units of Measurement

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## Basics on the topicGetting the Job Done: Converting Units of Measurement

After this lesson, you will be able to use rates, ratios, and the conversation factor, to convert units of measurement.

The lesson begins by reminding you how to set up a ratio table with equivalent ratios, then use that to set up a proportion. It then teaches you how to use multiplication by the conversion factor, written as a fraction, to convert units.

Learn how to convert units of measurement by helping Maxwell send the rover on a mission to Mars!

This video includes key concepts, notation, and vocabulary such as: a ratio table (a table of equivalent ratios); conversion factor (a unit rate written as a fraction, used to change one unit of measurement to another); and unit rates (a comparison of two measurements with one of the measurements equal to 1).

Before watching this video, you should already be familiar with ratio tables, equivalent ratios, unit rates, and conversion tables.

After watching this video, you will be prepared to learn more about the relationship between ratios, rates, and converting units.

Common Core Standard(s) in focus: 6.RP.A.3.d A video intended for math students in the 6th grade Recommended for students who are 11-12 years old

### TranscriptGetting the Job Done: Converting Units of Measurement

Maxwell is an engineer at NASA, programming the driving distances for the Mars Rover. Suddenly he gets a call from the EUROPEAN Space Agency! Their Mars orbiter has detected some signals near the Rover that might indicate life on Mars! Maxwell quickly records the driving distances he’ll need to program for the Rover. Hopefully he can program the Rover better than he programmed this pesky robotic arm! The Europeans want the Rover to visit three spots, so they gave Maxwell three distances for the Rover to drive.