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How to Convert Square Metres to Lineal Metres

Updated August 11, 2017

Square meters and lineal meters measure two different properties with two different dimensions. Square meters (m^2) measure an object's area, which has two dimensions. Lineal meters (m), also called linear meters or simply meters, measure single straight dimensions like length or width. Converting a measurement from square meters to lineal meters means dividing a meter measurement into the square meter measurement, reducing the two dimensions to one.

Find the area of a two-dimensional shape. In this example, consider a rectangle shape with an area of 20m^2.

Measure one of the shape's dimensions. For this example, the rectangle has a length of 5m.

Divide the area by the known dimension to calculate the other dimension. Concluding this example, the area of 20m^2 divided by 5m results in 4m.

Things You'll Need

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  • Calculator
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Chance E. Gartneer began writing professionally in 2008 working in conjunction with FEMA. He has the unofficial record for the most undergraduate hours at the University of Texas at Austin. When not working on his children's book masterpiece, he writes educational pieces focusing on early mathematics and ESL topics.