I was given a chart of the metric system, but I cant seem to understand how the conversions work. Lets say I want to convert micro into milli. For micro, the chart says 10^-6, and 0.000001. For milli, it says 10^-3 and 0.001.

The way I tried to do this by typing in 0.000001 x 10^-3, not sure if that's what you're supposed to do when converting it, and my TI-83 came back with an answer of 1E-9, which I dont understand at all. I think there was a way to make the TI-83 show all the numbers, but I cant remember how.

I'm still need to how the metric system works, and i'm trying to figure out how to convert 8.9mL into microliters, and 1/2 Quart into milliliters.

I'm hoping that someone here will know how to explain this so that I can understand it. Looking at the chart just seems to confuse me. The whole conversion process is pretty much what I dont understand. And how I can get it to work with my calculator.