How to Calculate Feet Into Meters

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The Education Amendments of 1974 recognized the need to educate American students about metric conversions because of the metric system's increasing global popularity. Additionally, metric measurements have been named the "fundamental standards of length and mass." Nonetheless, the foot remains the standard measurement of length in the United States. Fortunately, converting feet into meters is not that hard if given the conversion factor for feet and meters.

Things You'll Need

  • Calculator
  • and/or Pencil and paper

Calculating Feet Into Meters

  • Figure out the length in feet that you want to convert. Let's say that we need to convert 5 feet into the equivalent number of meters.

  • Determine that one foot is equal to .3048 meters. This figure is called the conversion factor.

  • Multiply .3048 by the number of feet you want to convert. In our example, we would multiply .3048 by 5.

  • Use the calculator or the pencil and paper to complete the conversion. In our example, 5 x .3048 is equal to 1.524. Therefore, 5 feet is equal to 1.524 meters.

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