# What is 1,200 milligrams converted to grams?

Apr 30, 2017

1.200 grams

#### Explanation:

It takes 1000 milligrams to equal 1 gram
So to convert from milligrams to grams move the decimal three places to the left.

$\frac{1200}{1000} = 1.200$

An elementary approach to converting metric units is to use a ladder

K (kilo)
............ Hk (hecta)
.............................. Dk (deka)
........................................unit
................................................d (deci)
..............................................................c (centi)
..............................................................................m(milli).

Each unit on the ladder is 10x greater than the unit on the step below it. To convert count the number of spaces on the ladder and move the decimal in the direction of movement. To go from a smaller unit to a larger unit move the decimal to the left. To go from a larger unit to a smaller unit move the decimal to the right
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