Table of contents  
Summary of metric units of distance  
What is the distance?  
How big are metric units of distance?  
Converting larger units to smaller units  
Converting smaller units to larger units 
1 centimeter = 10 millimeters
1 meter = 100 centimeters
1 meter = 1,000 millimeters
1 kilometer = 1,000 meters
To convert larger units to smaller units we multiply the number of larger units by the green conversion factor for the appropriate smaller units.
Example: Converting meters to centimeters:
1 meter = 100 centimeters
11 meter = 11 x 100 = 1100 centimeters
1 millimeter = 1/10 centimeter
1 centimeter = 1/100 meter
1 meter = 1/1,000 kilometer
To convert smaller units to larger units we divide the number of smaller units by the purple conversion factor for the appropriate larger units.
Example: Converting meters to kilometers:
1 meter = 1/1,000 kilometer
7 m = 7/1000 = 7 ÷ 1000 = 0.007 km
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