How Many Grams Make a Kilogram?


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There are 1,000 grams in 1 kilogram. Grams are the metric system unit of measure for mass. Kilo is the metric system prefix meaning 1,000 of the base unit.

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How Many Grams Make a Kilogram?
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The metric system is the measurement standard used in engineering and most scientific disciplines. The system is based on measurements for:

  • Mass — grams
  • Length — meters
  • Volume — liters
  • Temperature — degrees Celsius

Amounts are expressed in fractions or multiples of 10 and identified by adding a standard set of prefixes to the base unit. In measuring mass, some units for fractions of a gram are:

  • Nanogram = 1,000,000,000th of a gram
  • Microgram = 1,000,000th of a gram
  • Milligram = 1,000th of a gram
  • Centigram = 100th of a gram
  • Decigram = 10th of a gram

Some units for multiples of a gram are:

  • Decagram = 10 grams
  • Hectogram = 100 grams
  • Kilogram = 1,000 grams
  • Megagram = 100,000 grams
  • Gigagram = 1,000,000,000 grams

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