Sunday, April 4, 2010

Figure It Out

People all over the world use different units of measurement. Since the Olympic Games are an international event, the metric system is used for measuring distances and speeds in all of the various sports events.

Using the knowledge that 1 meter = 3.28 feet, convert the following into feet:

Apolo Anton Ohno is preparing for the 500 meter dash, short track event. He is wondering how many feet the race is equal to, a unit of measurement he is much more familiar with growing up in the United States of America.

Emilie Heymans of Canada is studying the platform she must dive off of in her upcoming 10 meter final event in the woman's diving competition. How many feet high is this platform?

Now go the other way! Convert the following into meters using the same conversion method:

  1. Beezie Madden riding Authentic in the individual horse jumping event, has measured five different sized jumps in the course: 4 feet, 5 feet, 6, feet, 7 feet and 8 feet. Help Pius Schwitzer of Switzerland convert these measurements into meters, a unit she uses in Europe.

  2. Bahamian, Pauline Davis-Thompson, won the gold metal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece in a sprinting event that was 656 feet long. How many meters is this event?

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