Unit 17 Section 2 : Conversion between metric units
In this section we will learn how to convert between metric units of length, mass and capacity.
The units we will be working with are:
Length  kilometre (km), metre (m), centimetre (cm), millimetre (mm) 
Mass  tonne (t), kilogram (kg), gram (g) 
Capacity  litre (l), millilitre (ml) 
You might have noticed that some of the units have the same prefixes, like kilo, milli and centi.
kilo means thousand, as in "one kilometre is a thousand metres" 
milli means thousandth, as in "one millimetre is a thousandth of a metre" 
centi means hundredth, as in "one centimetre is a hundredth of a metre" 
For any two metric units, you convert from the larger unit to the smaller by multiplying by one of 10, 100, 1000 etc.
The reverse is also true; you can convert from a smaller unit to a larger by dividing by one of 10, 100, 1000 etc.
Have a look at the examples below to see how this works:
It is also useful to know that 1 cm^{3} = 1 millilitre (ml).
Practice Questions
Work out the answer to each of these questions then click on the button marked
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Practice Question 1
(a) Convert 150 cm into metres.
(b) Convert 360 mm into metres.
(c) Convert 3.6 tonnes into kilograms.
(d) Convert 62 ml into litres
(e) Convert 2100 cm^{3} into litres
Practice Question 2
John adds 250 ml of water to a jug that already contains 1.2 litres of water.
How much water is now in the jug?
Exercises
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You have now completed Unit 17 Section 2
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