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How do you convert between the basic metric units of the metric system?

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Step 1

The metric system is an internationally recognized decimalized system of measurement. It is now known as the International System of Units (SI).

Step 2

There are seven base units in the SI system:

  • the kilogram (kg), for mass
  • the second (s), for time
  • the kelvin (K), for temperature
  • the ampere (A), for electric current
  • the mole (mol), for the amount of a substance
  • the candela (cd), for luminous intensity
  • the meter (m), for distance
Step 3

The metric system is based on joining one of a series of prefixes, including giga-, mega-, kilo-, hecta-, deca-, deci-,...

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Where, Giga 10 Mega 106 Kilo 103 102 Нecta Deca 10 Base unit (gram, litre, seconds etc.) = 1 Decrease in value. Deci 10-1 Centi 10-2 Milli 10-3 Micro 10-6 Nano 109

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