METRIC

CONVERSIONS

Students need to know the information in the following chart.

METRIC CONVERSION HELPER

The line up!

  _!______!_______!_______!_______!_______!_______!_
 kilo      hecto      deca      BASE       deci       centi       milli

The symbols

  (k)         (h)        (da)      (m, L, g)      (d)         (c)          (m)

The labels - meters

   km        hm       dam         m             dm         cm         mm

The labels - Liters

   kL        hL        daL          L             dL          cL         mL

The labels - grams

   kg         hg         dag          g             dg           cg          mg

THE STEPS TO USING THE LINE UP

1.

Start at the unit being changed.

2.

Count how many spaces to the unit the number is being changed to.

3.

Note the direction.

4.

Move the decimal point the same number of spaces and the same direction.

5.

Add any zeros to hold places or erase zeros not needed.