How to Do a Metric System Conversion

By John Woloch
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Man-made entities and objects are often designed with ease of use in mind. Mount Everest is difficult to ascend, but it was not made with climbing in mind; units of the metric system are easy to convert because they were designed with ease of conversion in mind. The metric system is a decimal system. This means that the units of the metric system differ by units of 10. Remember this, and you'll find converting metric-system units easy.

Move the decimal point three places to the right to convert from kilometers to meters; move the decimal point three places to the left to convert from meters to kilometers. For example: One kilometer equals 1,000 meters, and one meter equals 0.001 kilometers.

Move the decimal point two places to the right to convert from meters to centimeters; move the decimal point two places to the left to convert from centimeters to meters. For example: One meter equals 100 cm, and one centimeter equals 0.01 meters.

Move the decimal point one place to the right to convert from centimeters to millimeters; move the decimal point one place to the left to convert from millimeters to centimeters. For example: One centimeter equals 10 millimeters, and one millimeter equals 0.1 centimeters.

Move the decimal point three places to the right to convert from kilograms to grams; move the decimal point three places to the left to convert from grams to kilograms. For example: One kilogram equals 1,000 grams, and one gram equals 0.001 kilograms.

Move the decimal point two places to the right to convert from grams to centigrams; move the decimal point two places to the left to convert from centigrams to grams. For example: One gram equals 100 centigrams, and one centigram equals 0.01 grams.

Move the decimal point one place to the right to convert from centigrams to milligrams; move the decimal point one place to the left to convert from milligrams to centigrams. For example: One centigram equals 10 milligrams, and one milligram equals 0.1 centigrams.

About the Author

John Woloch writes professionally for various websites. He has published in the Dutch journal "Crux" and writes frequently on oil painting, classical languages and topics involving math and biochemistry. Woloch holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Chicago, a Master of Arts in classics from Ohio State University and a postbaccalaureate pre-medical degree from Georgetown University.