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Metric Conversion Table

Large to small, you multiply

Small to large, you divide

 

 

 

 

 

meter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

liter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

gram

 

 

 

Prefix

kilo

hecto

deka

 

deci

centi

milli

Meaning

1000

100

10

1

1÷10

1÷100

1÷10000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Length

km

hm

dam

m

dm

cm

mm

Capacity

kL

hL

daL

L

dL

cL

mL

Mass/weight

kg

hg

dag

g

dg

cg

mg

 

 You should have noticed that the three basic units of measure (meter, liter and gram) are written in the middle of the table. The larger units are to the left and the smaller units are to the right.

To convert from one unit to another, you either multiply or divide by powers of 10.

Moving horizontally across the table from left to right, you multiply by powers of 10, and moving from right to left, you divide by powers of 10.