Conversion Factor Practice
Convert the following
to meters and SHOW ALL WORK and CONVERSION FACTORS:
- 0.004 kilometers
- 10 feet
- 2745 mm
Convert the following to grams and show all work and conversion factors:
- 367 mg
- 6 kg
- 14 oz
COMMON METRIC UNITS REFERENCE CHART
1 meter (m) = 100
1 meter = 1000
1 meter = 1,000,000
1 meter =
1000 meter = 1
1 meter = 39.4
1 gram (g) = 1000
1 kilogram (kg) =
1000 grams (g)
1000 kilograms = 1
metric ton (t)
1 oz = 28.4 g
1 liter (L) = 1000
1 liter = 1000
cubic centimeters (cm3) (cc)
0oC =freezing point of water
= boiling point of water
To convert one metric
measurement to another, use “conversion factors.” Conversion factors allow you
to change one unit to another by multiplying by “1”. Multiplying by a
conversion factor does not change the value of the measurement.
Here are some examples of
liter (1 liter is equal to 1000 milliliters)
60 minutes (60 min. equals 1 hr.)
Both the numerator and
denominator represent the same value, so multiplying by a conversion factor is
actually multiplying by “1.”
Here is a sample problem:
The small intestine is 6 meters long while the large
intestine is 120 centimeters long. Which is the longest (in meters)?
Step 1: To solve this problem you
must figure out what is given and what is desired.
Given: 120 centimeters
is the length of the large intestine
Step 2: Find the relationship
between the units and consider the possible conversion factors.
OR 1 meter
Step 3: Choose the conversion factor
whose numerator has the same units as your desired value.
(We want our answers in meters)
Step 4: Multiply your given
value by the conversion factor. Cancel like terms.
120 centimeters X 1
meter = 1.2 meters is the length of the large
Step 5: Answer the question…the
small intestine is the longest at 6 meters!