Prefixes for Units

# Prefixes for Units - most commonly encountered prefixes:...

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Prefixes for Units In addition to the basic metric units described above, there are prefixes to indicate larger or smaller quantities. For example, a meter refers to a standard metric measure of length. A millimeter refers to a measure that is one thousandth the size of a meter (one thousand millimeters fit into a meter); a kilometer refers to a distance one thousand times longer than a meter (one thousand meters fit into a kilometer). By wisely using these prefixes, you can avoid having to use huge numbers or having to resort to scientific notation. The table below shows the
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Unformatted text preview: most commonly encountered prefixes: Prefix Symbol Value Description pico p 10-12 1 picoliter, (pL) = 0.000000000001 l nano n 10-9 1 nanogram, (ng) = 0.0000000001 g micr o or u 10-6 1 micrometer (m) = 0.000001 m milli m 10-3 1 milliliter (mL) = 0.001 L centi c 10-2 1 centimeter (cm) = 0.01 m deci d 10-1 1 decigram (dg) = 0.1 g none none 1 normal units without prefixes kilo k 10 3 1 kilogram (kg) = 1000 g mega M 10 6 1 megagram (Mg) = 1,000,000 g giga G 10 9 1 gigameter (Gm) = 1,000,000,000 m tera T 10 12 1 teraliter (TL) = 1,000,000,000,000L...
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