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Appropriate Decimal Units for Metric Measurement

Choose among millimeters, centimeters, meters, and kilometers for given situations.

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A centimeter is a very small unit of metric measure. A centimeter is one hundredth of one meter.


A kilometer is a common metric unit of length that is equal to 1,000 meters.


Length is a measurement of how long something is. Examples of customary units of length are inches, feet, yards and miles.


A meter is a common metric unit of length that is slightly larger than a yard.

Metric System

The metric system is a system of measurement commonly used outside of the United States. It contains units such as meters, liters, and grams, all in multiples of ten.


A millimeter is the smallest common metric unit of length.

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