What is a conversion factor?

Feb 15, 2018

A conversion factor is a factor that is used to change between units, and therefore gives the relationship between two units.

Explanation:

For example, a common conversion factor would be

$1 \setminus \text{km" = 1000 \ "m}$

or

$1 \setminus \text{minute" = 60 \ "seconds}$

So, when we want to convert between two certain units, we can find their conversion factor (like $1 , 12 , 60 , \ldots$) and then we will find their relationship.

Here is a detailed picture that shows most conversion factors: