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# Units Of Measurement Conversion

Author: Pencil Case  Date: 23 February 2020

### Converting Units Of Measurement

We are sometimes presented with units of measurement that are not in the best format. For example we may have 1,100g of something but it is much more effective to say 1.1kg. Of course 1,100g and 1.1kg are exactly the same they are just in a different format.

So how to we convert one to the other? To achieve this we will use the operations of multiply or divide.

The basic principle is that when we are going from say kg to g we are going from a small number of kg to many g. To turn a small number to a big number you multiply. When we go the other way from g to kg we divide.

### How To Convert Units Of Measurement You can see from the image above that 1kg is 1000g. So compared to the number of kilograms an object weighs it weighs many more grams. So to go from 1kg to 1000g we multiply the number of kg by 1000. If I have 2kg I will have lots of g and 2kg x 1000 = 2000g. Going the other way is the opposite. Lots of g makes only a small number of kg. So to turn g into kg we divide. 7000g ÷ 1000 = 7kg.

### Converting Distance Units Distance units are the hardest to convert as you have to remember to use 10, 100 and 1000 at the right time.

You can see from the image above to go from mm to cm you divide by 10. To go from cm to m you divide by 100. To go from m to km you divide by 1000. To go the other way you use multiply. To go from km to m you multiply by 1000. To go from m to cm you multiply by 100 and to go from cm to mm you multiply by 10.

### Converting Weight/Mass Units Mass/weight units are easier to convert as you only have to remember to use 1000.

You can see from the image above to go from mg to g you divide by 1000. To go from g to kg you divide by 1000. To go from kg to t you divide by 1000. To go the other way you use multiply. To go from t to kg you multiply by 1000. To go from kg to g you multiply by 1000 and to go from g to mg you multiply by 1000.

### Converting Volume/Capacity Of A Liquid Units Volume/capacity of a liquid units are easier to convert as you only have to remember to use 1000.

You can see from the image above to go from mL to L you divide by 1000. To go from L to kL you divide by 1000. To go from kL to ML you divide by 1000. To go the other way you use multiply. To go from ML to kL you multiply by 1000. To go from kL to L you multiply by 1000 and to go from L to mL you multiply by 1000.

### Units Of Measurement Conversion Chart

 Measurement Units Conversion Table Metre British Spelling - Meter US SpellingLitre British Spelling - Liter US Spelling Unit Conversion Distance Millimetres mm 10mm = 1cm Centimetres cm 100cm = 1m Metres m 1000m = 1km Kilometres km 1000m = 1km Weight/Mass Millgrams mg 1000mg = 1g Grams g 1000g = 1kg Kilograms kg 1000kg = 1t Tonnes t 1000kg = 1t Volume Of A Liquid Millilitres mL 1000mL = 1L Litres L 1000L = 1kL Kilolitres kL 1000L = 1kL Megalitres ML 1000kL = 1ML Gigalitres GL 1000ML = 1GL Cubic Millimetres mm3 1000mm3 = 1cm3 Cubic Centimetres cm3 or CC 1,000,000 cm3 = 1m3 Cubic Metres m3 1,000,000,000m3 = 1km3 Cubic Kilometres km3 1,000,000,000m3 = 1km3 Volume Of A Solid Cubic Millimetres mm3 1000mm3 = 1cm3 Cubic Centimetres cm3 or CC 1,000,000 cm3 = 1m3 Cubic Metres m3 1,000,000,000m3 = 1km3 Cubic Kilometres km3 1,000,000,000m3 = 1km3 Area Square Millimetres mm2 100mm2 = 1cm2 Square Centimetres cm2 10,000cm2 = 1m2 Square Metres m2 1,000,000m2 = 1km2 Square Kilometres km2 1,000,000m2 = 1km2 Hectares ha 10,000m2 = 1ha Angles Degrees o 360 Degrees o = 1 circle Time Seconds s 60 seconds = 1 minute Minutes m 60 minutes = 1 hour Hours h 24 hours = 1 day Temperature Degrees Celcius oC Money Dollars \$ 100 cents = \$1 Cents 100 cents = \$1