This example problem demonstrates how to convert micrometers to meters.

## Problem:

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

## Solution:

1 meter = 10^{6} 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/10^{6} μm)

**Note: 1/10^{6} = 10^{-6}**

distance in m = (80 x 10^{-6}) m

distance in m = 8 x 10^{-5} m or 0.00008 m

## Answer:

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