Converting Kilometers to Meters

Worked Length Unit Conversion Example Problem

A car's speedometer, displayed in kilometers per hour

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The method to convert kilometers to meters is demonstrated in this worked example problem.

Kilometer to Meters Conversion Problem

Express 42.88 kilometers in meters.

Solution

1 kilometer = 1000 meters

Set up the conversion so the desired unit will be canceled out. In this case, we want meters to be the remaining unit.
distance in m = (distance in km) x (1000 m/1 km)
distance in m = (42.88 km) x (1000 m/1 km)
distance in m = 42,880 m

Answer

42.88 kilometers is 42,880 meters