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kilometer
also spelled kilometre
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The International System of Units
is called "SI" (spoken "ess i")
 

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 Page 6   • 7 BASE SI UNITS
 Page 7   • EVERYDAY  UNITS
 Page 8   • PREFIXES
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 Page 10 • meter  (m)
 Page 11 • centimeter  (cm)
 Page 12 • millimeter  (mm)
 Page 13 • kilometer  (km)
 Page 14 • liter  (L)
 Page 15 • milliliter  (mL)
 Page 16 • kilogram  (kg)
 Page 17 • gram  (g)
 Page 18 • milligram  (mg)
 Page 19 • tonne  (t)
 Page 20 • Temperature
 Page 21a and 21b • Conversions
 Page 22 • Measures Evolution
 Page 23 • Inch-Pound

 LENGTH
meter

VOLUME
liter

MASS
kilogram

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Use the symbol km
There are exactly 1000 m (meters) in 1 km (1 kilometer)
which is pronounced
"KILL-oh-meet-ur" NOT "kill-AH-mit-ur"

Longer Distances are Measured in
kilometers  
A trip across North America is approximately 7 600 kilometers long.

1 kilometer
(1 km)

Remember, kilo is the prefix meaning
1 000 times as much. So, one thousand meters (1 000 m) is the length of
1 kilometer and it is simply written 1 km

Longer distances like lakes and rivers are measured in kilometers
Going to work or holiday distance is measured in kilometers

A jog around the park can be measured in kilometers
1 kilometer is about the length of
60 train cars

ROAD SIGN DRIVING TIP: If you want a quick conversion to mph (miles per hour) simply multiply by 0.6 in your head so at 90 km/h you are going approximately 54 miles per hour.
1 kilometer per hour (km/h) is equal to .6214 miles per hour

Smaller from a  kilometer

1 meter
(1 m)

meter is the Base Unit for Length and
all other Units are derived from it.
There are exactly 1 000 millimeters
(1000 mm) in 1 meter (1 m)

Smaller Measurement from a meter

1 centimeter
(1 cm)

centi is the prefix meaning
1 one hundredth of the base unit meter.
So, 1 one hundredth of a meter (0.01 m)
is simply written 1 cm

Smaller Measurement from a centimeter

1 millimeter
(1 mm)

milli is the prefix meaning
1 one thousandth (0.001).
So 1 one thousandth of the base unit meter,
being 1 millimeter is simply written 1 mm

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There
are exactly
1000 meters
in
1 kilometer