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So far all our conversions have involved root units.
This is because all our conversion factors are based on the root unit.
What if we need to convert between two prefix units ?

To convert between two prefix units:
1) convert the 1st prefix unit to the root unit
2) convert the root unit to the 2nd prefix unit. 
 So far all our conversions have involved root units. <br />
This is because all our conversion factors are based on the root unit.

Example 1: Convert .063 kilograms (kg) into milligrams (mg). (Use tables from previous lessons to find appropriate conversion factors)
Convert .063 kilograms (kg) into milligrams (mg)

Example 2:
(Use tables from previous lessons to find appropriate conversion factors)
Use tables from previous lessons to find appropriate conversion factors
convert mm to hm
Notice in examples 1 & 2, we just ended up moving the decimal point. So can't we just move the decimal and skip all the fraction garbage? Yes! There's a shortcut. That's the beauty of the metric system. Next we look at the shortcut.

Note: Why did we learn unit cancellation if there's an easier way? Because
1) this method helps you understand what you're doing (how powers of 10 and unit cancellation work), and
2) you'll need to use unit cancellation for later problems in chemistry.
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The shortcut for converting metric units
 
   
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