How to convert ounces to metric

Updated February 21, 2017

Ounces, abbreviated as oz., come in two forms -- measurements of mass or volume. Mass ounces further are broken into two categories, the avoirdupois ounce, most common in the United States; and the troy ounce, often used to measure jewellery. Mass and volume measurements of ounces are not related. A fluid ounce of a liquid, for example, may weigh more or less than a ounce in weight. To convert a mass ounce to the metric system, you must express the weight in terms of grams. A fluid ounce is converted to the metric system by expressing the volume as litres.

Learn the standard avoirdupois ounce to gram conversion, which is 28.4gr. = 28.3495 grams.

Multiply the measurement in ounces by 28.3495. You can set up an equation to do so;

y * 28.3495 = z

where y is the amount of ounces and z is the converted amount of grams. For example, convert 595gr. to grams by multiplying 21 * 28.3495 to get 595.3395 grams.

Calculate other units of metric weights by multiplying or dividing by a factor of 10. Multiply the grams result by 1,000 to learn the amount of ounces in milligrams, for example. Divide the grams result by 1,000 to figure out the amount of ounces in kilograms.

Learn the conversion rate for troy ounces-to-grams: 1 troy oz. equals 31.1035 grams. Multiply the amount of troy ounces you have by 31.1035 to convert the measurement. For example, 5 troy oz. * 31.1035 is 155.5175 grams.

Learn the fluid ounces-to-litres conversion rate, which is 1 fl. oz. to 0.0295735296 litres.

Multiply your fluid ounces by 0.0295735296 to convert the ounces to metric units. You can set up the equation as:

y * 0.0295735296 = z

where y is the amount of fluid ounces you wish to convert. For example, 100 fl. oz. is 100 * 0.0295735296, which equals 2.95735296 litres.

Calculate other metric units of volume by multiplying or dividing by factors of 10. Multiply the amount of converted litres by 1,000 to figure out the amount of millilitres in your fluid ounces. Divide the converted litres figure by 1,000 to discover the amount of kilolitres in your fluid ounces.

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