Converting Measurements Online
The Internet has made it easier to convert various measurements. Just go online and type the measurements you want to convert. You will see several sites. Click one.
You will see fields with labels like “cm to in”, “in to cm”, mm to cm” etc. Just enter the figure you want to change. Click “calculate” or “convert”. The results will be displayed. There are also online calculators you can use.
Facts about the Centimeters
The centimeter (cm) is a measuring unit used in the metric system. The metric system is a measuring scale set on 10. This is in contrast to the imperial system which uses 12 as the foundation. A single centimeter is equivalent to one hundredth of a meter. This means there are 100 cm in a single meter.
A single centimeter is equal to .4 inches. One mile or 1.6 km is equivalent to 160,000 cm. But while converting centimeters to inches is common, converting centimeters to miles or km is not. Miles and kilometers are used for conveying distances rather than measurements.
Origin of the Metric System
Standardization of measurements began in 1795 in France. That year, the French Academy of Sciences decided to standardize the measurements used in the country. Prior to this, measurements differed from area to area.
Ten years later in 1875, the Treaty of the Meter was approved in the International Bureau of Weights and Measurements conference. Numerous countries began adopting the metric system.
The International System of Units (SI) is a contemporary version of the metric system. Because the system has been adopted by many scientists, it makes research and data gathering less confusing. The standardization of measurements means it is easier to compare acquired data.
In 1988, the Omnibus Trade and Competitive Act was passed in the US. This required businesses and the government to use the metric system. Even so, the imperial system is still more popular. Whether the metric system will gain a foothold in the US remains to be seen. Great Britain adopted the metric system back in 1965.
Whether you prefer the metric or imperial system, making conversions is easier than ever to do. With the Internet, converting centimeters to inches and vice versa will be effortless.