# FE Exam Review – Converting Metric Units

Have you ever used **KHDMDCM** (King Henry Drank My Delicious Chocolate Milk) to convert metric units? Well, this is how I learned it and ONE way to learn it. There are some other acronyms, some are actually hilarious.

Instead of using the above KHDMDCM technique to convert metric units, we will make use of the table provided in the FE Reference Handbook on **page. 1**. The table looks something like this:

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To clearly understand how to make use of the metric conversion table on page.1 in the FE Handbook, we must make some adjustments to the table by adding the “**basic unit** (grams, liters, meters, Pascal)” in the appropriate location and denote the change in multiple between each incremental step we move (whether it may be **UP** or **DOWN**). These adjustments are made as shown:

With the table adjusted, let’s actually look at some examples! **Let’s look at these two examples: **

**Example 1 **

\begin{equation}

\text { Convert } 1.24 \times 10^{-4} \text { grams to } \mu g

\end{equation}

\begin{equation}

1.24 \times 10^{-4} \div\left(10^{-6}\right)=124 \mu g

\end{equation}

**OR**

\begin{equation}

1.24 \times 10^{-4} \div\left(10^{-1} \times 10^{-1} \times 10^{-1} \times 10^{-3}\right)

\end{equation}

\begin{equation}

1.24 \times 10^{-4} \div\left(10^{-6}\right)=124 \mu g

\end{equation}

**Example 2**

\begin{equation}

\text { Convert } 0.25 \mathrm{GPa} \text { to } \mathrm{kPa}

\end{equation}

\begin{equation}

0.25 G P a \times(1000 \times 1000)=250,000 k P a

\end{equation}

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