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Weight and Volume Conversions

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HealthWiki > A Community Guide to Environmental Health > Weight and Volume Conversions



The average
adult weighs:
60 kg
=
132 lb
At birth, the
average baby
weighs:
3 kg
=
6 ½ lb
Weight (how heavy something is)


16 ounces (oz) = 1 pound (lb)

1 pound = 454 grams (g)

1000 grams = 1 kilogram (kilo, kg)

1 kilo = 2 ⅕ pounds

1 ounce = 28 grams

1 gram = 1000 milligrams (mg)

1 grain (gr) = 65 mg



Length and Distance

Most measures of length and distance in this book are in meters (m),
centimeters (cm), and millimeters (mm).

5 ft = 1 ½ m

1 kilometer = 1000 meters or .6 miles

1 mile = 1.6 kilometers, 1760 yards, or 5280 feet

1 meter = 100 centimeters (cm) or 1000 millimeters (mm)

1 meter = 1.1 yards or 3.3 feet (about 3 feet 3 inches)

1 yard = .9 meters or 3 feet

1 foot = 12 inches or 30.5 centimeters (cm)

1 inch = 2.5 centimeters (cm)

1 centimeter = 10 millimeters (mm), or 0.4 inches

1 hectare = 10,000 square meters, or 2.5 acres

1 acre = 4840 square yards or .4 hectares



Volume (how much space or bulk something has; for measuring liquids)
3 tsp = 1 Tbs
30 ml is
about 1
ounce
is just
a little
more
than


1000 milliliters (ml) = 1 liter

1 milliliter = 1 cubic centimeter (cc)

3 teaspoons (tsp) = 1 Tablespoon (Tbs)

1 teaspoon = 5 milliliters

1 Tablespoon = 15 milliliters

30 milliliters = about 1 ounce (of water)

8 ounces = 1 cup

32 ounces = 1 quart (qt)

1 quart = 0.95 liters (l)

1 liter = 1.06 quarts





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