 Converting Units Very large and small

Interactive practice questions

A light year is defined as the distance that light can travel in one year. It is measured to be $9460730000000000$9460730000000000 metres.

a

Write this using scientific notation.

b

How many kilometres is this? Write this using scientific notation.

c

How many centimetres is this? Write this using scientific notation.

Easy
Approx 4 minutes

Light can travel at a speed of $300000000$300000000 m/s.

A micrometre (µm) is defined as being a millionth of a metre. This means that $1$1 µm is $0.000001$0.000001 m.

The size of a fog, mist or cloud water droplet is approximately $10$10 µm. How many would fit in a $9$9 cm sample?

A nanometre (nm) is defined as being a billionth of a metre. This means that $1$1 nm is 0.000000001 m.

The germ has an approximate size of $1000$1000 nm. How many would fit in a $9$9 cm sample?

Outcomes

GM5-1

Select and use appropriate metric units for length, area, volume and capacity, weight (mass), temperature, angle, and time, with awareness that measurements are approximate