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

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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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