What does a measurement of 3853 pg/mg mean?

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Aug 2, 2016

Answer:

A measurement of 3853 pg/mg tells you that there are 3853 pg (picograms) of a substance in 1 mg (milligram) of the sample.

Explanation:

To put it another way, the mass of sample is

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If we had a pile of sand grains all the same size, there would be 1 white grain in 259 500 brown grains, or about 4 white grains in a million brown ones.