Conversion Factor in Chemistry: Definition, Formula & Practice Problems


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Which one of the following options is the correct definition of a conversion factor?

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1. If you have 1 calorie (cal), how many joules (J) do you have?

2. Why is it important to be sure that the old unit is in the denominator of the conversion factor?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Conversion factors are useful in determining how to express numerical data. You can test what you know about conversion factors and their purpose through these assessment tools. You'll specifically be asked how you can apply your general knowledge of conversion factors to different units of measurement such as weight, length, and mass.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments test the following topics:

  • The definition of conversion factor
  • How to convert weight and length from English units of measurement to Metric
  • The importance of the denominator in the conversion factor

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the concept of conversion factors to understand the importance of the denominator in the conversion factor
  • Defining key concepts- ensure you can accurately define conversion factor
  • Knowledge application - use your acquired knowledge to answer questions about conversion between diverse units of measurement

Additional Learning

The lesson titled Conversion Factor in Chemistry: Definition, Formula & Practice Problems can be a great resource to learn more about this topic. The content in the lesson is written to help you:

  • Review a list of useful conversion factors
  • Know how to set up unit conversions
  • Practice setting up and executing unit conversions