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Conversion Factors will be used extensively throughout basic Chemistry class.  It is written as equalities.  The basic method for conversion is below:

Original quantity X conversion factor = desired quantity

Example:  original quantity (20 lbs) X conversion factor =? Kilos

From the reference page we know that 1 lb = approx. 2.21 kilos.  Therefore, we will write work it as 20 lbs. X (1kg/2.21 lbs) = 9.0498 kg.  We put pounds at the bottom, so that it can be cancelled out.


Sometimes, you will you have come more than one unit.  For example: converting miles to meters or hours to seconds.   Convert each unit at a time.

Example:  Car traveling 45 mph to meters and hours to seconds


45miles/hour  X  1609 m (meters)/1 mi (miles) X  1 hr/3600 s (seconds) = 20.11 m/sec   

Word of warning:  Watch your abbreviations.  Notice how meters (m) and miles (mi) are very similar.


Significant Figures


Exact Numbers   Results from counting objects or part of a definition

Inexact Numbers contains a bit of uncertainty and is a unit of measurement or observation