Units of Mass

The fundemental unit for measuring mass is the gram.

There are also other units for measuring large and small quantities, the most common are:

kilogram kg 1,000 g
hectogram hg 100 g
decagram dag 10 g
gram g 1 g
decigram dg 0.1 g
centigram cg 0.01 g
milligram mg 0.001 g

Note that each unit is 10 times larger than the previous.

The problem of converting units to other units becomes an issue of multiplying or dividing the unit by one followed by as many zeros as there are places between them on the table above..


50 kg flecha dg.

In this case, multiply (because the kilogram is greater than the decigram) the unit by one followed by four zeros, since there are four places between both units.

50 kg · 10,000 = 500,000 dg


408 mg flecha dg

In this case, divide (because the milligram is smaller than the decigram) by one followed by two zeros, since there are two places between both units.

408 : 100 = 4.08 dg

Examples

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Convert to grams:

5 kg 5 hm 7 dag flecha 5,000 g + 500 g + 70 g = 5,570 g

3 g 2 cg 3 mg flecha 3 g + 0.02 g + 0.003 g = 3.023 g

25.56 dag + 526.9 dg flecha 255.6 g + 52.69 g = 308.29 g

53,600 mg + 9,830 cg flecha 53.6 g + 98.3 g = 151.9 g

1.83 hg + 9.7 dag + 3,700 cg flecha 183 g + 97 g + 37 g = 317 g


Other units of mass

Metric ton or tonne

It is used to measure very large masses.

1 t = 1,000 kg

Quintal metric

1 q = 100 kg

Example

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