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

Updated: 9/21/2023

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11y ago

The answer to that one is going to depend on two things:

-- what unit you are converting from

-- what unit you are converting to

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### 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

Multiply

No.

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.

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.

### What happens to a decimal place in the number when you are converting from a smaller metric unit to a larger unit?

The decimal point moves to the left.

### When converting a smaller metric unit to a larger metric unit do you move the decimal to the left?

Yes. For example, 100 grams = 0.1 kilograms

### Do you multiply or divide to change from a larger unit to a smaller unit?

To convert from a larger unit to a smaller unit you would multiply. Ex: 5 km = 5000 m Where 1 km = 1000 m &lt;&gt;&lt;&gt;&lt;&gt;&lt;&gt;&lt;&gt; 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.

### How do you convert larger unit to smaller unit and vice versa?

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 &divide; 1000 km = 2.4 km