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# What is a meter stick used for?

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A meter stick is a large ruler used for measuring size or distance using the metric scale. The measurements provided on a meter stick are in centimeters (100 cm in a meter) and millimeters (1,000 mm in a meter). Some meter sticks also provide measurement increments in inches for comparison.

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Meter sticks can be used to draw straight lines for art or drafting purposes. They are commonly found in science and math classrooms, where careful measurement of objects is required. A meter stick can be used to measure the depth of soil, the height of a flower or the width of a table.

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A metric scale is a form of measurement used in the metric system. The metric system is the world standard for measurement and is made of three basic units: the meter, gram and liter. The meter measures length, the gram measures mass and the liter measures volume.

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In the metric scale, a micrometer is smaller than a millimeter. Micrometers are also called microns, and there are 1,000 microns in a millimeter. A human hair is typically 40 to 50 microns wide, or 0.04 millimeter, and a dust mite is usually 400 microns long, or 0.4 millimeter.

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A meter is approximately 39.37 inches long, the equivalent of 3.28 feet or 1.09 yards. It is also equal to 10 decimeters, 100 centimeters and 1,000 millimeters.

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A meter is only slightly longer than a yard, as 1 meter equals 39.37 inches, or 1.0936 yards. Alternatively, one yard is equal to 91.44 centimeters, whereas a meter is 100 centimeters.