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Ch 20: PLACE Elementary Education: Measurement & Calculations

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Use our video lessons and quizzes to review units of measurement and methods of calculation. You will need a full understanding of these topics when taking the Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE) Elementary Education exam.

PLACE Elementary Education: Measurement and Calculations - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter focus on measurement systems, conversions and the application of basic operations as well as calculating velocity, slope, time and temperature. After successfully reviewing this material, you should display the following skills on the PLACE Elementary Education exam:

  • Recognizing units of measurement
  • Discussing the metric system
  • Describing how to convert standard units of measurement
  • Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing with measurements
  • Reading graphs, charts and scale drawings
  • Understanding rate of change in relation to velocity and slopes
  • Solving problems involving money or time
  • Defining and describing the characteristics of temperature
  • Identifying points on a number line

Each lesson employs examples and illustrations to help facilitate the learning experience. Self-assessment quizzes allow you to gauge your level of understanding and your preparedness in answering these types of questions on the PLACE Elementary Education exam.

PLACE Elementary Education: Measurement and Calculations - Chapter Objectives

The Measurement and Calculations chapter is designed to increase your knowledge of various types and methods of measurements. A portion of the Mathematics section of the PLACE Elementary Education exam is devoted to these topics. The exam is paper based and presents questions in multiple-choice format.

Colorado educators must pass an appropriate PLACE exam to obtain initial licensure in the state. The Elementary Education exam assesses one's knowledge of and ability to teach elementary math, science, social studies, literacy/language arts, humanities and wellness & physical education.

12 Lessons in Chapter 20: PLACE Elementary Education: Measurement & Calculations
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Standard Units of Measurement for Length, Weight, Time & Capacity

1. Standard Units of Measurement for Length, Weight, Time & Capacity

While the rest of the world uses the metric system as their standard units of measurement, the United States has its own. Discover more about the standard units of measurement, including the units for length, weight, time and capacity and comparison between America and everywhere else.

The Metric System: Units and Conversion

2. The Metric System: Units and Conversion

Scientists all over the world need to use a common language when reporting the measurements they make, which they do by using the metric system. Explore the metric units for length, mass, volume, density, and temperature, and discover how to make different conversions.

How to Convert Standard Units of Measure

3. How to Convert Standard Units of Measure

There are two international systems of measurement that are widely used around the world. Learn about converting standard units of measure in metric system and U.S. Standard Units, and explore how to convert pounds to kilograms, Fahrenheit to Celsius, miles to kilometers, and vice versa.

How to Perform Basic Operations with Measurements

4. How to Perform Basic Operations with Measurements

A measurement quantifies the physical characteristics of an object, such as its weight or length. Learn how to perform basic operations with measurements. Understand that measurements are like variables, and explore adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing them.

What Are the Different Parts of a Graph?

5. What Are the Different Parts of a Graph?

A graph, otherwise known as a Cartesian or XY plane, is a visual representation of data. Learn the different parts of a graph, including the X and Y axes, points and coordinate pairs, and quadrants.

Velocity and the Rate of Change

6. Velocity and the Rate of Change

The rate of change refers to how one variable changes based on another variable. Learn about velocity and rate of change by reading an example of the velocity of my drive to work. Then, learn about velocity and inconstant slopes.

Slopes and Rate of Change

7. Slopes and Rate of Change

The rate of change is shown through one variable as it changes the function of another variable and can be seen furthermore as location changes as a function of time. Learn more about slopes, rates of change, and the rate of velocity.

How to Solve Problems with Time

8. How to Solve Problems with Time

Teamwork can help save time on complex tasks. Explore the work-rate formula, and learn how to solve for the time it takes for one individual and multiple individuals to complete a task, in order to compare the results.

How to Solve Problems with Money

9. How to Solve Problems with Money

Some mathematical word problems focus on money, using real-world situations to calculate how much money is on hand and how much is needed to make purchases. Learn how to solve problems with money, and see several sample problems.

What is Temperature? - Definition & Measurement

10. What is Temperature? - Definition & Measurement

Measuring the kinetic energy of the molecules of a substance is what is known as temperature. Explore the definition and an example of temperature, as well as how it's measured and the relationship between thermal and kinetic energy.

What Is a Number Line?

11. What Is a Number Line?

A number line is a visual representation, or picture, of real numbers on a straight line. Learn how to identify points on a number line and then solve addition and subtraction problems using a number line.

How to Read and Interpret Scale Drawings

12. How to Read and Interpret Scale Drawings

A scale drawing depicts an actual object with its size reduced or enlarged proportionately according to a scaled amount. Learn how to read and interpret scale drawings. Explore legends, reading a map, and reading a model drawing to understand how to use scale drawings to understand objects that are difficult to comprehend in their actual size.

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