An angstrom (Å) is a linear measurement used to express extremely small distances.

## Angstrom to Meter Conversion Problem

This example problem demonstrates how to convert angstroms to meters:

The spectra of the element sodium have two bright yellow lines, known as the "D lines," with wavelengths of 5,889.950 Å and 5,895.924. What are the wavelengths of these lines in meters?

**Solution**

1 Å = 10^{-10} m

Set up the conversion so the desired unit will be canceled out. In this case, we want meters to be the remaining unit.

wavelength in m = (wavelength in Å) x (10^{-10}) m/1 Å)

wavelength in m = (wavelength in Å x 10^{-10}) m

First line:

wavelength in m = 5,889.950 x 10^{-10}) m

wavelength in m = 5,889.950 x 10^{-10} m or 5.890 x 10-7 m

Second line:

wavelength in m = 5,885.924 x 10^{-10}) m

wavelength in m = 5,885.924 x 10^{-10} m or 5.886 x 10-7 m

## Answer

Sodium's D lines have wavelengths of 5.890 x 10-7 m and 5.886 x 10-7 m respectively.