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PREFIXES
Convenient Prefix
attached in front of
base
or derived
unit of measure
shows quantity, size or value
in 10, 100 and 1000
For most everyday
experience
Prefixes we use are
milli, centi,
kilo
NOTE:
Unlike "inchpound measurement" there are
no abbreviations in metric
measurement,
only symbols to denote Quantity, Size or Value.
PREFIX SYMBOL
for
EVERYDAY USE
m
milli is 1 one thousandth (0.001)
c
centi
is 1 one hundredth
(0.01)
k
kilo
is 1000 times
as much

BASE
and
Derived UNIT
SYMBOL
meter m
liter L
kilogram kg

WRITING IS EASY
Symbols like mL or mg
or mm or kg or
cm TOGETHER
identify Prefix and base
or
derived
unit of measure
The
International Bureau of Weights and Measures notes
"Unit symbols are mathematical entities and not
abbreviations.
Among other things, they are not followed by a period except
at
the end of a sentence and they are not made plural."
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