Metric Conversion Lesson

Kilo 
1000

Hecto 
100

To convert to a smaller unit, move the decimal point to the right OR multiply.

Deca
10

Basic
Unit

Deci
0.1

To convert to a larger unit, move the decimal point to the left OR divide.

Centi
0.01

Milli
0.001

  1. 2479 mg = _______________ g
    You are moving from a small unit to bigger one, so you must move the decimal to the left or divide when converting.


Place your finger on the milli box. Count until you reach the basic unit box, which in this case represents grams. You have counted to 3 therefore, you must move the decimal 3 places to the left.

2479 / 1000 = 2.479

There are 1000 milligrams in a gram. Therefore you must divide 2479 by 1000.

  1. 79.346 L = _______________ cL
    You are moving from a big unit to smaller one, so you must move the decimal to the right or multiply when converting.


Place your finger on the centi box. Count until you reach the basic unit box, which in this case represents liters. You have counted to 2 therefore, you must move the decimal 2 places to the right.

79.346 X 100 = 7934.6

There are 100 centiliters in a liter. Therefore you must multiply 2479 by 100.