Are you wondering what is a square meter? Square Meter (spelled Square Metre in the UK) is a unit of measurement representing a square that is one meter on all sides. It is commonly abbreviated as M2. Square Meter is part of the metric system, the other related measurements being square millimeter, square centimeter, hectare, and square kilometer.
The SI unit is the SI unit of area (and 33A1 in Unicode). The SI unit is derived from the SI base unit of the length, the meter. The meter is defined as the length of light travels in an interval of 1/299,792,458th of a second in absolute vacuum.
The addition and subtraction of SI prefixes leads to the creation of multiples and submultiples. It is, however, important that you note that squaring a unit leads to the doubling of the difference between the units from the comparable linear units. As an example, a kilometer is 1,000 times the length of a meter, but a square kilometer is 1,000,000 times the area of a square meter. If you multiply a meter by 10 incrementally, you will get a square decameter, a square hectometer, a square kilometer, a square megameter, a square gigameter, a square terameter, a square picometer, a square petameter, a square exameter, a square zettameter, and a square yottameter.
If you are still wondering what is a square meter, you could compare it with other units of area that you might be more familiar with. A square meter is equivalent to 1.195 990 square yards, 10.763 911 square feet, 0.000 001 square kilometer (or km2), 0.0001 hectares (ha), 0.001 decares (daa), 0.01 ares (a), 10,000 square centimeters (or cm2), 0.1 deciares (da), 1 centiare (ca), 0.000 247 105 381 acres, and 1,550.003 1 square inches.
The unit square meter is popularly used to describe the size of a property. Most property sellers and buyers consider the area of the living space and other rooms such as the bathrooms in square meters when selling and buying properties respectively. Countries use square kilometer to describe their area. You will need the unit square meter when buying such items as carpets and fabrics.
So, how do you go about measuring the area of a room, a carpet, or a fabric in square meters? All you have to do is measure the length and the width of the room. If, as an example, you find the length is 10 meters and the width is 5 meters, the area will be 50 meters square (10 x 5). You have to do some iteration to get the actual area where you have irregular surfaces.
So, what are the advantages of the unit? If, as an example, you have a table measuring 3 meters by 3 meters, you will simply ask for 9 meters square at the shop if you want to buy a fabric to cover it. The other obvious advantage of understanding what is a square meter is that you will get value for money when selling a property since you will get one that is a perfect fit for your particular needs (not too big or too small). You will, also, get value for money when selling a property since you will ask for the right amount of money respectively.
There are several tools that help you convert different units to square meter or from square meter to a unit you are more conversant with. You could use online floor space calculators when buying property. Modern cell phones feature calculators that allow you to do conversions. There are also conversion software programs or features within such software as CAD (computer aided design) software that you could use.