Weight (Mass) Conversion Calculator
How to Convert Units of Weight
Conversions are performed by using a conversion factor. By knowing the conversion factor, converting between units can become a simple multiplication problem:
S * C = E
Where S is our starting value, C is our conversion factor, and E is our end converted result.
To simply convert from any unit into grams, for example, from 5 kilograms, just multiply by the conversion value in the right column in the table below.
5 kg * 1000 [ (g) / (kg) ] = 5000 g
To convert from g into units in the left column divide by the value in the right column or, multiply by the reciprocal, 1/x.
5000 g / 1000 [ (g) / (kg) ] = 5 kg
To convert among any units in the left column, say from A to B, you can multiply by the factor for A to convert A into grams then divide by the factor for B to convert out of grams. Or, you can find the single factor you need by dividing the A factor by the B factor.
For example, to convert from kilograms to pounds you would multiply by 1000 then divide by 453.59237. Or, multiply by 1000/453.59237 = 2.204622. So, to convert directly from kg to lb, you multiply by 2.204622.
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References/ Further Reading
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - The NIST Guide for the use of the International System of Units - Appendix B, subsections B.8 Factors for Units Listed Alphabetically and B.9 Factors for units listed by kind of quantity or field of science.
Lide, David R., Daniel (Editor-in-Chief). CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 89th Edition New York, NY: CRC Press, p. 1-28, 2008.
Wikipedia contributors. "Conversion of units" Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, last visited 24 Jun. 2011.
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