One meter is equal to 100 centimeters, so converting 480 centimeters to meters requires dividing 480 by 100 or simply moving the decimal point two places to the left. Therefore, the equivalent of 40 centimeters is 4.8 meters.
The meter is a unit of length in the International System of Units, also known as the metric system. This system is used throughout much of the world. It is based on units of ten, making conversions within the system a straightforward process. The prefix appearing before the unit of measurement indicates its relationship to the unit. For example "deci-" means 1/10, "centi-" means 1/100 and "milli-" means 1/1000.