Science, Tech, Math › Science How to Convert Feet to Meters Share Flipboard Email Print Yamada Taro, Getty Images Science Chemistry Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated January 17, 2018 This example problem demonstrates how to convert feet to meters. Feet is the English (American) unit of length or distance, while meters are the metric unit of length. Convert Feet to Meters Problem The average commercial jet flies around an altitude of 32,500 feet. How high is this in meters? Solution 1 foot = 0.3048 metersSet up the conversion so that the desired unit will be canceled out. In this case, we want m to be the remaining unit.distance in m = (distance in ft) x (0.3048 m/1 ft)distance in m = (32500 x 0.3048) mdistance in m = 9906 m Answer 32,500 feet is equal to 9906 meters.Many conversion factors are difficult to remember. Feet to meters would fall into this category. An alternate method to perform this conversion is to use multiple easily remembered steps.1 foot = 12 inches1 inch = 2.54 centimeters100 centimeters = 1 meterUsing these steps we can express a distance in meters from feet as:distance in m = (distance in ft) x (12 in/1 ft) x (2.54 cm/1 in) x (1 m/100 cm)distance in m = (distance in ft) x 0.3048 m/ftNote this gives the same conversion factor as above. The only thing to watch out for is for the intermediate units to cancel out.