Common Conversion Factors


Publication Name:  Current Protocols Essential Laboratory Techniques
Unit Number:   
DOI:  10.1002/9780470089941.etfm01s00
Online Posting Date:  October, 2008
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Abstract

This overview presents tables of some of the more common conversion factors for units of measure used throughout the life sciences, as well as prefixes indicating powers of ten for SI units. Also provided are methods for conversions between temperatures on the Celsius (Centigrade), Fahrenheit, and Kelvin scales.

Keywords: conversion factors; metric system; Systeme International d'Unites; SI System; English system; Imperial System

     
 
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Converting Units of Volume
  • Converting Temperatures
  • A Note About Writing Units of Measure
  • Tables
     
 
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Internet Resources
  http://www.bipm.org/en/home
  Homepage of the Bureau International des Poids et Measures, the body charged with ensuring world‐wide uniformity of measurements and their traceability to the International System of Units (SI).
  http://www.bipm.org/en/si/si_brochure
  The electronic version of the SI brochure. This document contains the definitive definitions of units of the SI system, as well as information about their conversion and proper usage.
  http://www.nist.gov
  Homepage of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a nonregulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve the quality of life. In addition to detailed information about the use and conversion of units of measure, NIST is the source of reference standards within the United States.
  http://ts.nist.gov/WeightsAndMeasures/Publications/upload/h4402_appenc.pdf
  The General Tables of Units of Measure, provided by NIST. An excellent source of conversion factors appropriate for the needs of the average user as well as users requiring conversion factors with a large number of decimal places.
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