Using the "Table of Common Units" on page 8 and more specifically the table below one can convert in the metric system quite easily.

 

Value

1000

100

10

1

.1

.01

.001

Prefix

Kilo

Hecto

Deca

Base Unit

Deci

Centi

Mili

If the conversion is from kiloliters to liters then place you finger on the kiloliters and count the number of steps, and direction (Right or Left) you have to move to get to liters (base unit)

Problem: convert 4.52 kiloliters to liters

Value

1000

100

10

1

.1

.01

.001

Prefix

Kilo

Hecto

Deca

Base Unit

Deci

Centi

Mili

 

 

Now that you know that you have to move the decimal point, in your data 3 decimal places to the right.

Problem: convert 4.52 kiloliters to liters  Answer: there are 4520 liters in 4.52 kiloliters.

Yes, you will be able to use this table on any test or exam offered in this class.