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

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To convert from a larger unit to a smaller unit you would multiply. Ex: 5 km = 5000 m Where 1 km = 1000 m <><><><><> It depends on which factor you are multiplying or dividing by. It can go either way. To convert from ounces to grams, for instance, you can divide by 28.350, or you can multiply by 0.035273.

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you divide the smaller # into the bigger #----

multiply it by a decimal EXAMPLE: 10 x 0.5= 5

When converting from a larger unit to a smaller unit there will be more of them, so multiply by the conversion factor; eg km to m: there a 1000m in 1 km, so multiply by 1000 so 2.4 km = 2.4 x 1000 m = 2400 m When converting from a smaller unit to a larger unit there will be less of them so divide by the conversion factor; eg m to km: there are 1000m in 1 km so divide by 1000, so 2400 m = 2400 ÷ 1000 km = 2.4 km

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To convert a larger metric unit to a smaller one you have to multiply 2m= ______mm =2x1000=2000mm

To convert from a larger unit to a smaller unit you would multiply. Ex: 5 km = 5000 m Where 1 km = 1000 m <><><><><> It depends on which factor you are multiplying or dividing by. It can go either way. To convert from ounces to grams, for instance, you can divide by 28.350, or you can multiply by 0.035273.

because you have to multiply to break it down into a smaller number

You multiply however many bigger units you have by the number of smaller units per bigger unit. For example: If you wish to convert 3 metres to centimetres then you multiply 3 by 100 (as there are 100 centimetres in a metre) to result in 300cm.

You have to multiply by the conversation ratio.

Inches are the smaller unit so there will be more of them, thus to convert yards to inches multiply [by 36].

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).

You divide the larger unit by a factor to convert into the smaller unit

Kilograms, every time! Pounds are a measure in a near-obsolete system in which you require multiplication by 16 to convert to a smaller unit (ounce) or division by 14 to convert to a larger unit (stone)! To convert kilograms, simply multiply by 1000 for a smaller unit (gram) or divide by 1000 for a larger unit (ton).

to get a unit

138.45 lbs (approx.). Kilogram (kg) is SI unit of mass and Pound is an Imperial unit. To convert from kg to pound multiply kg unit by 2.20462. To convert from pound to kg multiply pound unit by 0.453592.Multiply by 2.2046

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