# How many meters in a square meter

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This question weird enough. One would ask how many meters in a square meter and actually mean how many meters of wood stripes you have in a square meter of wood stripes. # How many meters in a square meter

To answer our question we need to assume we have the square meter split in some stripes of a known width. Having said so it’s simple enough to divide the width of a square meter to the width of the wood stripes and we will get the length of wood stripes in a square meter.

To understand better let’s see an example:

We have a square meter of wood stripes, each having 10 cm (0.1 meters) width. To find out how many meters in a square meter we will divide 1 meter by 0,1 meters:

1 meter : 0,1 meter = 10 (meters of wood stripes).

## The definition of square meter

The square meter is the area of a rectangular surface with the length of every side of 1 meter (the image above shows a square meter).

The symbol of the square meter, defined by SI (International System of Units), is m2.

The square meter has one meter on the length and one meter on the width of a rectangle.

## How many meters in a square meter if the surface is not of rectangular shape

Let’s consider a wood stripe with 2 meter length and 0.5 meter width. The area of this wood board is 2m x 0.5m = 1 square meter. The surface has one square meter but it’s not square but rectangular.

To calculate how many meters in a square meter in this case we need again to consider the width of the wood stripe we need to have. Let’s consider the cut on the length of the wood stripe. As you can see from the above image the total length of wood stripe can be calculated by multiplying the length with the number of stripes.

To get the number of stripes is enough to divide the width with the stripe width.

To conclude:

## How many meters in a square meter formula

To get how many meters in a square meter of wood stripes use this formula:

Total Length = Length * Width / Stripe Width

where:
Total Length = the length you need to know
Length = the length of the wood stripes making a square meter
Width = the length of the wood stripes making a square meter
Stripe Width = the with of one wood stripe

### Conclusion

It is relatively simple to get how many meters in a square meter using the above formula if this is what you actually need.