When you are dealing with a measurement that is less than a kilometer, you should use meters instead of kilometers. A meter is the most appropriate unit of length for measuring cricket pitches, football fields, height of a person and other measurements that are shorter than a kilometer. However, sometimes it is convenient to convert a number from meters into kilometers. This article is a step-by-step guide on how to convert a number from meters to kilometers.
A kilometer is the SI (International System of Units) base unit of length and distance. It is defined as the distance travelled by light in vacuum in a time interval of 1/299 792 458 of a second. It is also known as a kilometre and the US spelling is mile.
To convert a number from meters to kilometers, simply divide the value of the metric unit by 1000. For example, to find out how many kilometers are in 24000 meters, you would need to divide the number by 1000: 24000 m/1000 m = 24 km (exact result).
The conversion formula is very simple and straight forward. You can use the calculator below to convert any number from metric units to standard units like miles and kilometers. The converted result is displayed as a decimal, scientific notation or fraction depending on your preference. Each of these display formats has its advantages and uses in different situations.