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Scientific notation & standard units

The standard ‘shorthand’ for scientific notation involves abbreviating numbers to the nearest division of 1,000. The metre (m) is the standard metric unit of length. This ‘m’ will often have another letter immediately before it denoting is nearest range of thousands. The common ones for rope technicians are:

  • µ or ‘micro’.  1 micrometre = 1µm = 0.000001m = 1 × 10-6m.
  • m or ‘milli’.  1 millimetre = 1mm = 0.001m = 1 × 10-3m.
  • k or ‘kilo’.  1 kilometre = 1km = 1000m = 1 × 10³m.
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