What is a Hectometer?

Instructor: Rayna Cummings

Rayna has taught Elementary Education for 12 years (in both 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades) and holds a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University

Let's get going and measure using the metric system. In this lesson, you will learn about a specific unit of length in the metric system known as a hectometer.

Let's Measure

It's time to get measuring, so let's pull out those rulers and get to it. You are probably familiar with measuring using the units of inches and feet, but have you ever heard of measuring using a unit called a hectometer? A _hectometer, or better known as the abbreviation hm, is part of the metric system. The metric system is what most of the world uses to measure, except for the USA. It uses measuring units such as meters for length, liters for mass, grams for weight, and seconds for time. Centimeters, which you will find on you ruler if you flip it upside down labeled as cm, is probably the metric unit you recognize the most.

Example of a ruler with inches and centimeters

What is a Hectometer?

So what is a hectometer?

Let's think about this for a minute. Look at the ruler, we can see that it is 12 inches (in) or 30 centimeters (cm) long which equals 1 foot or just short of 1/3 of a meter. A hectometer is equal to 100 meters. That would be approximately 328 rulers to make one hectometer or 328 feet. Wow, that is a lot of rulers. Here is an easier way to remember how long a hectometer is.

Have you ever played on a football field or watched your favorite football team on television play on a football field. If so, you have seen how long a hectometer is! A football field equals about 1 hectometer.

Example of a football field
Example football field

Measuring a Hectometer

Now that we understand what a hectometer is, how do we measure it? Measuring in hectometers or hm is not very common. You could use meter sticks, but it would take 100 of them, and that would be very, very long and very expensive for your mom to buy. It is easier just to think about items measuring a hectometer. Such as the football field. Can you think of any other things that could be the length of a hectometer?

Example of a soccer field
Example soccer field

If you have ever played on a soccer field, you have played on a field about the length of a hectometer. A soccer field measures about 100 meters in length. 1 hectometer equals 100 meters.

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