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.