Distance Measurements

Knowing about distance and how to measure distance is a necessity in life. in this article, we intend to address the need.

Distance Measurements

Meter

Definition: Meters, or meters (symbol: \(m\)), are the basic unit of distance and length in the International System of Units (SI). A meter is described as the distance light travels in \(1/299 792 458\) of a second.

Present usage: Since it is the SI unit of length, meters are utilized globally in a lot of apps, like those for measuring distance, length, height, width or length, etc. The US is one noteworthy exception as they mostly use US traditional units like yards, feet, miles, and inches in place of meters in daily usage.

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Foot

Definition: A foot (symbol: \(ft\)) is a unit of length within the US and imperial traditional measurement systems. A foot was identified as precisely \(0.3048\) meters beginning in \(1959\). One foot includes \(12\) inches, along with one yard consisting of \(3\) feet.

Present usage: The foot is mainly utilized in the US, UK, and Canada, for numerous everyday purposes. The US commonly uses feet and inches for measuring height, briefer distances, field lengths ( at times in the format of yards), etcetera. Feet are similarly frequently utilized for measuring altitude (aviation) in addition to elevation (like with mountains).

There are lots of reasons you may wish to convert feet to meters – for example, if you are explaining your height to a European buddy or if an assignment at school involves you doing so.

In nearly all real-life circumstances, all you will have to know is one-meter \(= 3.28\) feet, thus simply divide a foot measurement via \(3.28\) to have the identical length in meters.

Way to Change Feet to Meters

  1. Multiply or divide the measurement via a conversion factor. Since there’s \(3.28\) feet in each meter, take the measurement (in feet) and then divide this using \(3.28\) to translate it to meters. It’s additionally possible to multiply the measurement in feet via \(0.3048\) to find the precise same result since there’s \(0.3048\) meters in each foot.
  2. Do not forget to account for inch-measurements. In real life, it is pretty common to hear distances defined not as a whole number in foot value (i.e., \(1\) foot, \(2\) feet, \(3\) feet, etc.), but as a mix of feet and inches (i.e., \(20\) feet and \(11\) inches, etc.). In instances where one has to translate a distance in feet and inches into meters, merely divide the inches given by \(12\) to get the equal number of feet (for less than \(12\) inches, that number is lower than \(1\).) afterward, add that to the foot value and change it to meters as usual.

Yards

A yard is a unit of length measurement equivalent to three feet or 36 inches. The international yard is lawfully described as equivalent to precisely \(0.9144\) meters.

A yard is both a US customary as well as an imperial unit of length. You can abbreviate yards as yd ; for instance, one yard can be shown as \(1\) yd.

Way to Change Yards to Meters

  1. Establish the amount of meters in a yard. There’s \(0.9144\) meters in each yard. Merely multiply that number via the amount of yards to have the amount of meters. The formula to change yards to meters is: \(m=yd × 0.9144\).
  2. Apply division instead for doing a reverse conversion. In order to change meters to yards, utilize division. The formula for this is \(yd = m\) divided by \(0.9144\).

You will see below the various units of conversion of length from US standard measurement to the metric measurement system.

Length Conversions

US standard measurementMetric Measurement
\(1\) \(inch\) \(2.54\) \(cm\)
\(1\) \(ft\)\(0.3048\) \(m\)
\(1\) \(yard\) \(0.914\) \(m\)
\(1\) \(mile\)\(1.609\) \(km\)

Distance Measurements – Example 1:

Convert to the new unit.

\(15 yd =\)____\(ft\)

Solution:

\(1 yd=3 ft\). So, to convert yard to foot we should multiply \(15\) by \(3 → \) \(15 × 3=45\). The answer is \(45 ft\)

Distance Measurements – Example 2:

Convert to the new unit.

\(20 mi =\)____\(yd\)

Solution:

\(1 mi=1,760 yd\). So, to convert mile to yard we should multiply \(20\) by \(1,760 → \) \(20 × 1,760=35,200\). The answer is \(35,200 yd\)

Exercises for Distance Measurements

Convert to the new units. (Round to the nearest Hundredths)

  1. \(\color{blue}{7yd=?m}\)
  2. \(\color{blue}{12mi=?ft}\)
  3. \(\color{blue}{14mi=?yd}\)
  4. \(\color{blue}{17yd=?m}\)
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  1. \(\color{blue}{6.40}\)
  2. \(\color{blue}{72,960}\)
  3. \(\color{blue}{24,640}\)
  4. \(\color{blue}{15.53}\)

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