Converting Centimeters to Meters

Worked Unit Conversion Example Problem

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Converting Centimeters to Meters." ThoughtCo, Jun. 11, 2015, thoughtco.com/converting-centimeters-to-meters-609301. Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2015, June 11). Converting Centimeters to Meters. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/converting-centimeters-to-meters-609301 Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Converting Centimeters to Meters." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/converting-centimeters-to-meters-609301 (accessed October 20, 2017).
Unless you're looking at a meter stick, you need to learn how to actually calculate the centimeter to meter conversion.
Unless you're looking at a meter stick, you need to learn how to actually calculate the centimeter to meter conversion. Image Source, Getty Images

This example problem demonstrates how to convert centimeters to meters.


Converting Centimeters To Meters Problem


Express 3,124 centimeters in meters.

Conversion Solution


1 meter = 100 centimeters

Set up the conversion so the desired unit will be cancelled 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 = (3124/100) m
distance in m = 31.24 m

Answer:

3124 centimeters is 31.24 meters.

Format
mla apa chicago
Your Citation
Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Converting Centimeters to Meters." ThoughtCo, Jun. 11, 2015, thoughtco.com/converting-centimeters-to-meters-609301. Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2015, June 11). Converting Centimeters to Meters. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/converting-centimeters-to-meters-609301 Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Converting Centimeters to Meters." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/converting-centimeters-to-meters-609301 (accessed October 20, 2017).