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A square centimeter (cm²) and a square meter (m²) are both units of area in the metric system, the decimal system most widely used worldwide for measurements.
The square centimeter is a metric system unit of area. It is a derived unit in the International System of Units, and it is defined as the area of a square with sides of 1 cm. For example, the surface area of a standard postage stamp is about 20 to 25 cm².
The square meter is the standard unit of area in the International System of Units. It is defined as the area of a square whose sides measure 1 meter. A square meter corresponds to 10,000 square centimeters, 1,000,000 square millimeters, or 0.0001 hectares.
Converting square centimeters to square meters is relatively simple. Since a meter equals 100 centimeters, a square meter equals 100 cm * 100 cm = 10,000 cm². Therefore, to convert square centimeters to square meters, we divide by 10,000.
1 square centimeter = 0.0001 square meter
Conversely, to convert square meters to square centimeters, we multiply by 10,000.
1 square meter = 10,000 square centimeters