To convert from kilometers to meters, the distance in kilometers must be multiplied by a conversion factor. Because one kilometer equals 1,000 meters, the distance in kilometers must be multiplied by 1,000.
- Determine distance in kilometers
Make sure that the measurement to be converted is in kilometers. If the distance is in miles, divide it by 0.62137. If it is in yards, divide by 1093.6. If it is in feet, divide by 3280.8.
- Multiply by 1,000
Multiply the distance in kilometers by 1,000 to find the distance in meters. The metric system is based on powers of 10, with each prefix denoting a different amount. "Kilo" stands for "thousand." One kilometer is 1,000 meters.
- Check your work
Always check your work. Even though the multiplication isn't complex, it is still easy to make mistakes when writing your answer.