SI - Measuring Distance
Measuring intervals of distance and length is relatively straightforward. Fractions of meters are typically measured using the standard prefixes associated with the (decimal) metric system.
Fractions of Meters: | ||||
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Prefix | Abbrev. | Decimal Form | Exponent | |
meters | m. | 1. | 10^{0} | |
millimeters | mm. | .001 | 10^{-3} | |
micrometers | µm. | .0000001 | 10^{-6} | |
nanometers | nm. | .000000001 | 10^{-9} | |
picometers | pm. | .000000000001 | 10^{-12} |
Multiples of meters adhere to the same standards laid out within the metric system as the fractional measurements.
Multiples of Meters: | |||
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Prefix | Abbrev. | Decimal Form | Exponent |
meters | m. | 1. | 10^{0} |
dekameter | dam. | 10. | 10^{1} |
hectometer | hm. | 100. | 10^{2} |
kilometer | km. | 1000. | 10^{3} |
The meter is the standard measure of length and distance within the metric system.