The SI base units and their physical quantities are the metre for measurement of length, the kilogram for mass, the second for time, the ampere for electric current, the kelvin for temperature, the candela for luminous intensity, and the mole for amount of substance.

What is the basic unit of distance?

Astronomers use metric units, and in particular the cgs (centimeter-gram-second) system. The basic unit of distance is the centimeter (cm). There are 100 centimeters in a meter and 1000 meters in a kilometer.

## What is a basic unit?

Any of the fundamental units of length, mass, time, electric current, thermodynamic temperature, amount of substance, or luminous intensity in the International System of Units, consisting respectively of the meter, kilogram, second, ampere, kelvin, mole, and candela.

## Is a meter a unit or quantity?

The SI base units and their physical quantities are the metre for measurement of length, the kilogram for mass, the second for time, the ampere for electric current, the kelvin for temperature, the candela for luminous intensity, and the mole for amount of substance.

## What is the metric unit of length?

In addition to the difference in the basic units, the metric system is based on 10s, and different measures for length include kilometer, meter, decimeter, centimeter, and millimeter. Notice that the word “meter” is part of all of these units.