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Trick to memorize the metric system - Kilo Hecta Deka Base Deci Centi Milli

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asked Apr 13, 2015 by nanospeck (3,760 points)

The basic prefixes in the metric system, from largest to smallest, are

Kilo Hecto Deka Base Deci Centi Milli

(where Base represents the base unit, such as meter, liter, gram, etc.)

How can we memorize it?

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answered Apr 13, 2015 by nanospeck (3,760 points)
edited Apr 23, 2016 by nanospeck

An easy way is to remember the following spell:

King Henry Died By Drinking Chocolate Milk

Each of the above word's first letter can be imagined to stand for the first letter of each of these words:

Kilo Hecto Deka Base Deci Centi Milli

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