Need we use “sums” in sentences whenever they describe the sum of plural objects? [duplicate]

Need we use sums in the case that the sentence describes the sum of plural objects?

For example, “100 centimeters sums to one meter” versus “100 centimeters sum to one meter”.

They both seem make some senses. For one thing, it is the sum of 100 objects, so it is suitable to use plural. For the other, in spite of how many things summed, the sum itself is a singular, so we’d better to use it in the singular way.

Which side is correct?

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100 centimetres sum to one metre. – Bravo Mar 13 '13 at 10:54
@Shyam Thank you. By the way, why there is a to? – Popopo Mar 13 '13 at 10:58
It is a contraction of '100 cms sum up to give one metre'. – Bravo Mar 13 '13 at 11:26
Yes, only there has to be a space between the units of measure and the values (eg "1 cm", "99 cm") and between the unit of measure and the operator and the value (eg "1 cm + 99 cm"), and "m" for "meter/metre" should be "M" rather than "m". – user21497 Mar 13 '13 at 12:10
In the phrase "100 centimeters sums to one meter", the word sums is not a plural, it's a verb. – Carl Smith Mar 13 '13 at 13:05

Also, `three children makes a family` correct in syntax? – Popopo Mar 13 '13 at 14:12
According to standard English, in which cases should we use `sums` and in which cases just `sum`? – Popopo Mar 13 '13 at 14:17