0.000 001 g A 5 μg to g: 5 μg × ————— = 0.000 005 g 1 μg 0.000 000 001 m B 42,000,000,000 nm to m: 42,000,000,000 nm × ———————— = 42 m 1 nm 1 μL C 0.000 003 6 L to μL: 0.000 003 6 L × ———————— = 3.6 μL 0.000 001 L
Generally speaking, when you convert a number expressed using a smaller unit into a number expressed using a larger unit the number will get smaller (see examples A & B).
Also, when you convert a number expressed using a larger unit into a number expressed using a smaller unit the number will get bigger (see example C).
One last note: recognize the value of the prefixes when dealing with numbers like those in examples A & B. Who wants to write all those zeros when you can assume they are there just by knowing how small/large the prefix makes the base unit?