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Metric Prefixes: Conversions and Common Examples

Metric Prefixes Conversion Table

Prefix

Symbol

Base 10

Common Examples

quetta

Q

1030

-

ronna

R

1027

-

yotta

Y

1024

-

zetta

Z

1021

-

exa

E

1018

-

peta

P

1015

-

tera

T

1012

-

giga

G

109

-

mega

M

106

-

hectokilo

hk

105

-

myria

ma

104

-

kilo

k

103

1 kilometer (km) = 1000 meters (m)

hecto

h

102

1 hectometer (hm) = 100 meters (m)

deka

da

101

1 dekameter (dam) = 10 meters (m)

UNIT

1

100

-

deci

d

10-1

1 deciliter (dL) = 0.1 liter (L)

centi

c

10-2

1 centimeter (cm) = 0.01 meter

milli

m

10-3

1 milliliter (mL) = 0.001 liter

decimilli

dm

10-4

1 decimilli liter (dmL) = 0.0001 liter

centimilli

cm

10-5

1 centimilli liter (cmL) = 0.00001 liter

micro

µ

10-6

1 microliter (μL) = 0.000001 liter

nano

n

10-9

1 namometer (nm) = 0.000000001 nm

pico

p

10-12

1 picoliter (pL) = 0.000000000001 liter

femto

f

10-15

-

atto

a

10-18

-

zepto

z

10-21

-

yocto

y

10-24

-

ronto

r

10-27

-

quecto

q

10-30

-

Metric Prefixes: FAQs

1.    What are Metric Prefixes?

Metric prefixes are symbols added before a unit of measurement to indicate a multiple or fraction of that unit. They are widely used to express quantities across a broad range of magnitudes in scientific and engineering contexts.

2.    Why use Metric Prefixes?

Metric prefixes provide a standardized way to represent measurements, making it easier to work with a wide range of values. They simplify communication and calculations involving quantities of different magnitudes.

3.    Are Metric Prefixes exclusive to the metric system?

While originating from the metric system, these prefixes are not exclusive to it. They are commonly used in various scientific and engineering disciplines globally to express measurements in a concise and consistent manner.

4.    How do I convert between Metric Prefixes?

To convert between metric prefixes, adjust the decimal point. Moving to a larger prefix involves multiplying, while moving to a smaller prefix involves dividing. For example, to convert from millimeters (mm) to centimeters (cm), divide by 10.

 

 

Understanding metric prefixes is fundamental for accurate and standardized communication of measurements in diverse scientific and engineering disciplines. For more information, please reach us at https://samaterials.com/.

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Chin Trento

Chin Trento holds a bachelor’s degree in applied chemistry from the University of Illinois. His educational background gives him a broad base from which to approach many topics. He has been working with writing advanced materials for over four years in Stanford Advanced Materials (SAM). His main purpose in writing these articles is to provide a free, yet quality resource for readers. He welcomes feedback on typos, errors, or differences in opinion that readers come across.

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