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# When converting a larger unit of measurement to a smaller unit you what?

Updated: 4/28/2022

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Q: When converting a larger unit of measurement to a smaller unit you what?
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### Are you converting from a smaller unit to a larger unit or from a larger unit to a smaller unit?

The answer to that one is going to depend on two things:-- what unit you are converting from-- what unit you are converting to

no

### Are you converting from a smaller to larger unit or larger to smaller unit converting millimeters to meter?

You convert to a larger unit. Smaller to larger. Metre is 1000 times larger than a millimetre

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No.

divide

False

### When your converting do you mutiply or divide?

It could be either, depending on whether you're converting to a larger or smaller unit.

### When converting from a larger unit to a smaller unit why does the value of the measurement increase?

Because in any given measurement, there are more of the smaller units than bigger units. There are less than 2 metres in my height (1.78 m). But in a smaller unit, eg centimetre, there are is 178 of them. That is a staggering 1780000 micrometres tall :) But, then again, that is only 0.00178 kilometres :(

False.

### Is it true or falues a unit mush be divided by multiples of ten when converting from a larger unit to a smaller unit?

False - when converting from a larger unit to a smaller unit there will be more of them so you must multiply. What you multiply by depends upon the units, for example converting feet to inches you multiply by 12; converting pounds to ounces you multiply by 16. It is only with the metric system of units where you multiply by a power of 10 to convert a large unit to a smaller unit, for example 2.5 kg is 2500 g (multiply by 1000 or 103).

### Why it ms sense to multiply when you convert to a smaller unit?

It makes sense to multiply when converting measurements to smaller units because it takes many smaller units to make up a larger unit. So in order to translate larger unit(s) into smaller units, you have to break up the larger unit(s) into many smaller pieces.