How many kilograms are in one teragram?

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ncchemist | eNotes Employee

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You are only allowed to ask one question at a time so I have edited down accordingly.  You can use the methodology below to answer all of your questions.

You are looking for conversion factors.  Converting between different multiples of a gram is easy if you use the base unit of the gram as a common point between the two.  First, convert 1 teragram to grams and then convert that number of grams into kilograms.  For reference sake, 1000 grams are in a kilogram and a teragram has 1 trillion grams.  Notice how the units cancel out to leave you with the desired unit (kg).

1 teragram * (1,000,000,000,000 g/1 teragram) * (1 kg/1000 g) = 1,000,000,000 kg = 1 x 10^9 kg

So there are 1,000,000,000 (1 billion) kilograms in 1 teragram.  In scientific notation, this is written as 1x 10^9 kg.

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ayl0124 | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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The important part of this conversion is the prefixes. The prefix "tera-" means `10^(12)` .

Since a "kilo-" means `10^3`, simply divide the two to get `10^9` .

Therefore, you will have `10^9` kilograms in one teragram.

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wanderista | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

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10^9 kilograms (or 10 to the power of 9 kilograms). If written as a number, it would be 1,000,000,000 kilograms (one billion).