The centimeter is an internationally recognized measurement of length that is part of the "International System of Units." (See Reference 2) This system has existed since the Treaty of the Meter (Convention du Mètre) was signed in Paris on May 20, 1875. Since that date, 48 nations have signed this treaty and adopted its use, including the United States. However, the United States has been slow to fully embrace this standard, and continues to use several different systems of measurement, including the "English Customary" system, which includes the inch. For this reason, knowing how to convert between the two systems of measurement is a valuable skill.
Converting 88 centimeters to its equivalent measure in inches is a simple calculation.
Things You'll Need
Write down the original measurement in centimeters, in this case, 88.
Write down the conversion factor of 0.39.
Multiply the two numbers to get your result, in this case 34.32 inches.
Tips & Warnings
- To compute the amount to a greater precision, use a longer multiplier. According to the CIA world factbook, 1 centimeter is exactly 0.3937008 inches.
- Conversely, 1 inch equals 2.54 centimeters. Because inches are bigger than centimeters, when converting to inches, your result should be smaller than the original figure. Make sure you are using the correct conversion factor.
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