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The metric system of measurement makes heavy use of the decimals. A look at the table below gives an idea how.

Measure of Length

Millimeter (mm) .1 cm .001 m .000001 km
Centimeter (cm) 10 mm .01 m .00001 km
Meter (m) 1000 mm 100 cm .001 km
Kilometer (km) 1,000,000 mm 100,000 cm 1000 m

Measure of Weight or Mass

Milligram (mg) .1 cg .001 g .000001 kg
Centigram (cg) 10 mg .01 g .00001 kg
Gram (g) 1000 mg 100 cg .001 kg
Kilogram (kg) 1,000,000 mg 100,000 cg 1000 g

Measure of Volume

Milliliter (ml) .1 cl .001 l .000001 kl
Centiliter (cl) 10 ml .01 l .00001 kl
Liter (l) 1000 ml 100 cl .001 kl
Kiloliter (kl) 1,000,000 ml 100,000 cl 1000 l

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