# Metric Conversions Worksheet I

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Metric Conversions
Metric Conversions Worksheet I
12
T
tera-
1 000 000 000 000
10
9
G
giga-
1 000 000 000
10
6
M
mega-
1 000 000
10
3
These are the metric units.
k
kilo-
1 000
10
2
The letter in the first column
h
hecto-
100
10
1
is used as the prefix before
D
deka
10
10
the unit. Some common
0
types of units are: grams
10
NO PREFIX
1
( UNIT)
(g), meters (m), liters (L),
-1
d
deci
0.1
10
joules (J), seconds (s),
-2
and bytes (B).
c
centi-
0.01
10
-3
m
milli-
0.001
10
-6
μ
micro-
0.000001
10
-9
n
nano-
0.000000001
10
When working in the metric system it is helpful to use a “metric map.” This metric map will enable
you to successfully convert your units.
Units
Liters
Meters
Tera
Giga
Mega
Kilo
Hecto
Deka
deci
centi
milli
micro
nano
Grams
Joules
Seconds
Bytes
indicates that there is a difference of three steps/decimal places/zeros to get from one prefix to the next.
indicates that there is a difference of only one step/decimal place/zero to get from one prefix to the next.
EXAMPLES
1.0 kg = ? mg
kilo and milli differ by six steps/decimal places/zeros;
kilo
milli is going to the right on the “map”;
1.0 kg = 1 000 000 mg
therefore move the decimal six places to the right
Kilo
Hecto
Deka
Unit
deci
centi
milli
Grams
2.3 cm = ? m
centi and no prefix (unit) differ by two
steps/decimal places/zeros; centi
no prefix
2.3 cm = 0.023 m
(unit) is going to the left on the “map”; therefore move
the decimal two places to the left
Unit
Kilo
Hecto
Deka
deci
centi
milli
Meters