Saturday, October 22, 2011

Mnemonic: convert miles to kilometers

One mile equals 1609 metres or 1.609 kilometers. How can you remember this?

Let's use the mnemonic major system.  Associat the mile-kilometer conversion with some conversion in units of heights. Then think of the following sentence:

What goes up...

Using the major system, we retrieve the value 1609. Make a strong association with this sentence and you will never ever forget the miles to meters conversion rate.