To convert a distance in angstroms to a distance in meters, divide the number of angstroms by 10 billion. The result of the equation is the same distance measured in meters instead of angstroms.
- Learn the conversion value
An angstrom is a metric unit of measurement for measuring incredibly small distances. The symbol for angstrom is "Å." The diameter of an atom is approximately the same as 1 angstrom. One angstrom is the same distance as a ten-billionth of 1 meter. One ten-billionth can also be written "10^-10." Therefore, the conversion value between angstroms and meters is 10,000,000,000 because there are 10 billion angstroms in 1 meter.
- Divide by the conversion value
Because the number of angstroms is far greater than the number of meters in the same distance, you divide by the conversion value. To convert a distance in angstroms to a distance in meters, divide the number of angstroms by 10 billion. For example, dividing 7 billion angstroms by 10,000,000,000 results in 0.7.
- Label the answer
The final step in converting a number of angstroms to the same distance in meters is to label the result with the correct unit of measurement. For example, 7 billion angstroms is equal to 0.7 meters.