How to Convert Imperial to Metric

Wouldn’t life be more simple if every country used the same measurements? Unfortunately the US uses a different system from most other nations, and finding DIY plans or recipes that use imperial measurement means converting them to metric.

The great news is that all measurements can be converted, usually without too much effort if we know the multiplier and have a calculator at hand. Basic measurements of distance, or weight, volume, even areas, they can all be converted easily by following these instructions.

If sitting with a calculator and manually converting imperial to metric doesn’t appeal to you, it may be possible to find software you can download and install that will do the conversion for you.

To convert distances, for example to convert measurement in inches, multiply the required number of inches by 25.4, so 6 inches multiplied by 25.4 becomes 152.4 millimeters, or 15.24 centimeters.

Similarly, to convert miles into kilometers, multiply the number of miles by 1.609, so 32 miles becomes 51.48 kilometers.

A common conversion needed is from fahrenheit to centigrade, mostly due to older or American recipes, but also people who want to know the weather in the US.

To convert fahrenheit to centigrade there are three sets of math required, remove 32, multiply by 5, then divide by 9. So, from 89ºF we remove 32 giving 57, then multiply by 5 giving 285, then divide by 9 giving 31.6ºC.

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