Video: Converting Lengths between Kilometers and Meters

Matthew is 2 kilometers away from the finish line. Daniel is 1286 meters away from the finish line. Who is farther from the finish line?

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Video Transcript

Matthew is two kilometers away from the finish line. Daniel is 1286 meters away from the finish line. Who is farther from the finish line?

We’ve been given the distances that Matthew and Daniel are from the finish line, both in metric units, but one in kilometers and one in meters.

In order to work out who is farther we need to convert them to a common unit. In order to do so, we need to remember the key conversion, which is that one kilometer is equivalent to 1000 meters.

I’m going to convert the distance that Matthew is from the finish line into meters. As each kilometer is equivalent to 1000 meters, two kilometers is equivalent to two multiplied by 1000 meters. Two kilometers is therefore equal to 2000 meters.

Now that we have both distances in the same unit we can compare them. Matthew is 2000 meters from the finish line and Daniel is 1286 meters. As 2000 is more than 1286, Matthew is farther from the finish line.

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