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Common Measurement Conversions for Chemistry

Part of the Chemistry For Dummies Cheat Sheet

In order to succeed in your Chem I class, you need to have a firm understanding of basic chemistry measurements and how to convert them from one measurement to another. Following are some important conversions of temperature, size, and pressure as well as metric prefixes to memorize for your chemistry class:

Temperature conversions:

  • °F = 9/5(°C) + 32

  • °C = 5/9(°F – 32)

  • K = °C + 273

English/metric conversions:

  • 1 in = 2.54 cm

  • 1 lb = 454 g

  • 1 qt = 0.946 L

Pressure conversion:

  • 1atm = 760 mmHg = 760 torr

Common metric prefixes:

  • milli- = 0.001

  • centi- = 0.01

  • kilo- = 1,000

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