Science, Tech, Math › Science Converting Centimeters to Meters (cm to m) 1 m = 100 cm or 1 cm = 0.01 m Share Flipboard Email Print Image Source, Getty Images Science Chemistry Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated December 09, 2019 Centimeters (cm) and meters (m) are both common units of length or distance. This example problem demonstrates how to convert centimeters to meters using a conversion factor. Converting Centimeters to Meters Problem Express 3,124 centimeters in meters. Start with the conversion factor:1 meter = 100 centimeters Set up the conversion so the undesired unit will be canceled out. In this case, we want "m" to be the remaining unit. distance in m = (distance in cm) x (1 m / 100 cm)distance in m = 3,124 cm x 1 m / 100 cmdistance in m = 31.24 m Another conversion factor could be used, too:1 cm = 0.01 m With this conversion factor, we can replace the symbol "cm" with simply "0.01 m." For example: 3,124 cm = 3,124 x 0.01 m = 3,124 x 1 / 100 m = 31.24 m Answer: 3,124 centimeters is 31.24 meters. Converting Meters to Centimeters Example The conversion factor may also be used to convert meters to centimeters (m to cm). It doesn't matter which conversion factor you use as long as the unwanted unit cancels out, leaving the one you want. How many centimeters long is a 0.52 meter block? cm = m x 100 cm / 1 m so that the meter unit cancels out cm = 0.52 m x 100 cm / 1 m cm = 52 OR if m = 100 cm, then: 0.52 m = 0.52 x 100 cm = 52 cm Answer: The 0.52 m block is 52 cm in length.