Meters To Centimeters Conversion


1 m = 100 cm

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The Ratio Between Meters and Centimeters

Visualising the relationship between meters and centimeters makes it easier to convert between the two. Meters are used to establish the baseline ruler and the centimeters ruler is sized in relation to that baseline.

conversion scale showing the ratio between meters and the equivalent number of centimeters

How to convert meters to centimeters (m to cm)

The formula for converting meters to centimeters is: cm = m × 100. To calculate the meter value in centimeters first substitute the meter value into the preceding formula, and then perform the calculation. If we wanted to calculate 1 meter in centimeters we follow these steps:

cm = m × 100

c1 = m × 100

cm = 100

In other words, 1 meter is equal to 100 centimeters.

Example Conversion

Let's take a look at an example. The step-by-step process to convert 6 meters to centimeters is:

  1. Understand the conversion formula: cm = m × 100
  2. Substitute the required value. In this case we substitute 6 for m so the formula becomes: c6 = m × 100
  3. Calculate the result using the provided values. In our example the result is: 6 × 100 = 600 cm

In summary, 6 meters is equal to 600 centimeters.

Converting centimeters to meters

In order to convert the other way around i.e. centimeters to meters, you would use the following formula: m = cm ÷ 100. To convert centimeters to meters first substitute the centimeter value into the above formula, and then execute the calculation. If we wanted to calculate 1 centimeter in meters we follow these steps:

m = cm ÷ 100

m = 1 ÷ 100

m = 0.01

Or in other words, 1 centimeter is equal to 0.01 meters.

Conversion Unit Definitions

What is a Meter?

The meter is a unit of length in the metric system, which is the most widely used system of measurement around the world. It is defined as the distance traveled by light in a vacuum during a specific time interval. The meter is the fundamental unit of length in the International System of Units (SI).
Here are some more details about the meter:
  1. International System of Units (SI): The meter is part of the metric system and is the base unit of length in the SI, which is an internationally recognized system of measurement. The SI provides a coherent and decimal-based system of measurement used in science, industry, and everyday life.

  2. Length Conversion: One meter is equal to 100 centimeters or 1,000 millimeters. It can also be divided into smaller units, such as decimeters, centimeters, millimeters, micrometers, and so on. Conversely, one centimeter is equal to 0.01 meters, and one millimeter is equal to 0.001 meters.

  3. Historical Development: The meter was originally defined in the late 18th century based on a fraction of the Earth's circumference. However, the modern definition of the meter, based on the speed of light, was established in 1983 and provides a more precise and consistent measurement standard.

  4. Common Uses: The meter is used to measure lengths, distances, heights, dimensions, and other quantities in various fields such as science, engineering, construction, manufacturing, and everyday life. It is a versatile unit that can be applied to a wide range of objects and distances.

  5. Symbol: The symbol for meter is "m". For example, a measurement of 5 meters would be written as 5 m.

  6. Subdivisions: The meter can be divided into smaller units for more precise measurements. Common subdivisions include centimeters (cm), millimeters (mm), micrometers (µm), and nanometers (nm).

  7. International Usage: The meter is the globally accepted standard unit of length used in scientific, technical, and international contexts. It provides a consistent and universally understood measurement system that promotes compatibility and ease of communication between different regions and disciplines.

What is a Centimeter?

The centimeter is a unit of length in the metric system, which is widely used around the world. It is defined as one-hundredth of a meter or 0.01 meters. The centimeter is primarily used to measure small distances, lengths, and dimensions.

Here are some more details about the centimeter:

  1. Metric System: The centimeter is a part of the metric system, which is based on powers of ten. The metric system provides a decimal-based system of measurement that offers ease of conversion and consistency across different scientific, industrial, and everyday applications.

  2. Length Conversion: One centimeter is equal to 0.01 meters or 10 millimeters. Conversely, one meter is equal to 100 centimeters.

  3. Common Uses: The centimeter is often used to measure objects or distances that are relatively small. It is commonly employed in fields such as science, engineering, medicine, manufacturing, and day-to-day activities. It can be used to measure the length of objects, dimensions of rooms, the size of electronic devices, or the height of individuals.

  4. Symbol: The symbol for centimeter is "cm". For example, a measurement of 5 centimeters would be written as 5 cm.

  5. Subdivisions: The centimeter can be divided into smaller units to measure finer lengths. The millimeter (mm) is the most common subdivision, where one centimeter is equal to 10 millimeters. In some scientific or specialized contexts, even smaller subdivisions such as the micrometer (µm) or nanometer (nm) may be used.

  6. International Usage: The centimeter is widely used internationally as a standard unit of measurement. It is embraced in most countries that have adopted the metric system. Its universal usage contributes to ease of communication, collaboration, and compatibility across various fields and regions.

  7. Advantages: The centimeter provides a convenient and versatile unit for measuring smaller lengths. Its decimal nature allows for easy conversion between different metric units and facilitates calculations involving measurements.

It's important to note that the metric system, including the centimeter, is the globally accepted standard for scientific, technical, and international purposes. However, in some countries that have not fully transitioned to the metric system, such as the United States, inches and feet may still be commonly used in everyday life.

Meters To Centimeters Conversion Table

Below is a lookup table showing common meters to centimeters conversion values.

Meter (m)Centimeter (cm)
1 m100 cm
2 m200 cm
3 m300 cm
4 m400 cm
5 m500 cm
6 m600 cm
7 m700 cm
8 m800 cm
9 m900 cm
10 m1000 cm
11 m1100 cm
12 m1200 cm
13 m1300 cm

Other Common Meter Conversions

Below is a table of common conversions from meters to other length units.

1 meter in inches39.37 in
1 meter in feet3.28084 ft
1 meter in yards1.09361 yd
1 meter in miles0.000621504039776258545680546923555 mi
1 meter in millimeters1000 mm
1 meter in kilometers0.001 km