There are 100 centimeters in 1 meter, so the math for converting 1 square centimeter to square meters is simple. Multiply 100 by 100 to get the number of square centimeters in a square meter, then divide the number of centimeters you're converting by the result: 1/(100 x 100) = 0.0001.
- Find the measurement for a square meter
A square meter has a length and width of 1 meter, so it can also be expressed as 1 meter squared.
- Convert 1 meter squared to centimeters squared
Because 1 meter equals 100 centimeters, 1 meter squared equals 100 centimeters squared, which is 100 x 100, or 10,000 square centimeters.
- Divide 1 square centimeter by 10,000 square centimeters
Divide 1 square centimeter by 10,000 square centimeters. The result equals 0.0001 square meters.