Converting Micrometers to Meters

Worked Unit Conversion Example Problem

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This example problem demonstrates how to convert micrometers to meters.


Human hair has a thickness that averages approximately 80 micrometers. What is this diameter in meters?


1 meter = 106 micrometers

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 μm) x (1 m/106 μm)
**Note: 1/106 = 10-6**
distance in m = (80 x 10-6) m
distance in m = 8 x 10-5 m or 0.00008 m


80 micrometers is equal to 8 x 10-5 or 0.00008 meters.

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Converting Micrometers to Meters." ThoughtCo, Mar. 15, 2017, Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2017, March 15). Converting Micrometers to Meters. Retrieved from Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Converting Micrometers to Meters." ThoughtCo. (accessed March 24, 2018).