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# How do you know whether to multiply or divide when you are converting measurements?

Updated: 4/28/2022

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When going from larger to smaller measurements, there will be more of them so it is necessary to multiply.

1 meter = 100 centimeters

When going from smaller to larger measurements, there will be fewer of them so it is necessary to divide.

100 centimeters = 1 meter

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