Creating Conversion Factor from Equivalent

Remember that we can create two conversion factors from every equivalent.
Here are the two conversion factors that go with the easiest equivalents for some metric prefixes.

 Table: The Two Conversion Factors for the Easiest Equivalents Unit Easiest Equivalent (1 bigger unit = this many smaller units) Conversion Factor 1 Conversion Factor 2 Mm 1 Mm = 106 m 1 Mm  / 106 m 106 m / 1 Mm km 1 km = 103 m 1 km  / 103 m 103 m / 1 km hm 1 hm = 102 m 1 hm  / 102 m 102 m / 1 hm dam 1 dam = 101 m 1 dam / 101 m 101 m / 1 dam root unit, i.e. meter (m), gram (g), or liter (L) dm 1 dm = 10-1 m 1 m  /  101 dm 101 dm / 1 m cm 1 cm = 10-2 m 1 m  / 102 cm 102 cm / 1 m mm 1 mm = 10-3 m 1 m  / 103 mm 103 mm / 1 m m 1 m = 10-6 m 1 m  / 106 m 106 m / 1 m
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