Centimeters to Millimeters Converter
Use this converter to easily convert between Centimeters and Millimeters (cm to mm).
- How many Millimeters in one Centimeter?
- Difference between Centimeters and Millimeters
- How to convert Centimeters to Millimeters
- cm to mm conversion table
How many Millimeters in one Centimeter?
Centimeters and Millimeters both measure length. They are among the most commonly used metric units. The symbol for centimeter is cm, and for millimeter it is mm.
The prefix ‘centi’ indicates that the centimeter is 1/100 of a meter, whereas ‘milli’ means 1/1,000 of – therefore there are 1,000 millimeters in a meter. Putting all of this together, we see that a millimeter is equal to 0.1 cm, or simply – there are 10 mm in 1 cm.
Difference between Centimeters and Millimeters
Centimeters and millimeters are derived from the fundamental unit established by the International System of Units (SI) – the meter. The centimeter and the millimeter being respectively 0.01 and 0.001 of a meter, allow for calculating length and distances with greater precision.
The centimeter is used in everyday tasks – for instance, when taking measures, calculating rainfall levels or conversing map scale to real-world dimensions.
The millimeter is preferred for engineering or mechanical tasks as it measures smaller distances with greater accuracy. It is usually the smallest measurement unit on a ruler. One example of its application is in microwave ovens. Those with frequency of 300 GHz have a wavelength equal to 1 millimeter.
How to convert Centimeters to Millimeters
To transforms centimeters to millimeters, you can use the formula:
cm x 10 = mm,
or just shift the decimal point one position to the right.
Cm to mm conversion example
Sample task: convert 50 cm to millimeters. Solution:
cm * 10 = mm
50 cm * 10 = 500 mm
50 cm is equal to 500 mm
cm to mm conversion table
|1 cm||10 mm|
|2 cm||20 mm|
|3 cm||30 mm|
|4 cm||40 mm|
|5 cm||50 mm|
|6 cm||60 mm|
|7 cm||70 mm|
|8 cm||80 mm|
|9 cm||90 mm|
|10 cm||100 mm|
|20 cm||200 mm|
|30 cm||300 mm|
|40 cm||400 mm|
|50 cm||500 mm|
|60 cm||600 mm|
|70 cm||700 mm|
|80 cm||800 mm|
|90 cm||900 mm|
|100 cm||1,000 mm|
|200 cm||2,000 mm|
|300 cm||3,000 mm|
|400 cm||4,000 mm|
|500 cm||5,000 mm|
|600 cm||6,000 mm|
|700 cm||7,000 mm|
|800 cm||8,000 mm|
|900 cm||9,000 mm|
|1,000 cm||10,000 mm|
 NIST Special Publication 330 (2008) - "The International System of Units (SI)", edited by Barry N.Taylor and Ambler Thompson
 International Organization for Standardization (1993). ISO Standards Handbook: Quantities and units (3rd edition). Geneva: ISO. ISBN 92-67-10185-4.
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