Whether you're measuring out an ingredient or trying to figure out how much space you have to move around in, knowing how big something is is important. Thankfully, many of us have things in our daily lives that we can use as references when determining the size of an object. In this article, we'll explore common things that are 10 centimeters long so that you can visualize this measurement in your everyday life.
What is a Cm?
The unit of measurement used in the metric system is the centimeter, abbreviated as cm. One centimeter is equal to 0.5 inch and it's part of the metric system of measurement that also includes meters, kilometers, and grams.
If you're familiar with the imperial system of measurement (used in the United States and some other countries), then you'll be aware that there are 12 inches in a foot and 36 inches in a yard. Inches are also divided into fractions, including halves, quarters, and eighths. The most commonly used fraction is 1/8, which is approximately equal to 2.54 centimeters.
When converting measurements from the metric system to the imperial system, it's important to understand the relationship between inches and centimeters. Typically, when a number is expressed in centimeters, it will also be given in inches to make it easier for people to understand the scale of the number. To convert an amount from cm to inches, simply multiply the number of centimeters by 2.54. You can also use a ruler to see the relationship between the two units. The larger numbered lines on a metric ruler mark centimeters and the smaller lines mark millimeters.