# How do you convert 12 cm to meters?

Oct 17, 2016

$12 \cdot c m$ $\equiv$ $12 \times {10}^{-} 2 m$, or $0.012 \cdot m$

#### Explanation:

$c$ in $c m$ stands for $\text{centi}$, i.e. $\times {10}^{-} 2$. In the same way $\mu$ in $\mu m$ stands for $\times {10}^{-} 6$.

And thus:

$1 \cdot \mu m \equiv {10}^{-} 6 m$

$1 \cdot c m \equiv {10}^{-} 2 m$

$1 \cdot \mathrm{dm} \equiv {10}^{-} 1 m$

$1 \cdot k m \equiv {10}^{3} m$

And so on!