Measurement Conversions

Metric and Imperial Conversions

Here you'll find a list of the most common conversions used internationally.  Many of these unit conversions will not only be helpful for many of your mathematical word problems but also for travel between the US and Canada or especially useful for recipe conversions.

The Metric system is used exclusively in Europe, although in Great Britain, the Imperial system is still permitted by law.  The United States accepts the use of the Metric system but has yet to sanction it as the official measurement system.

The Metric system uses decimal multiples to give familiarity to various units of measure. So, for example there is a relationship between a meter and a kilometer that is based on the power of 10.

So for instance one can symbolically write :

1000 meters = 1 kilometer
1 meter = .001 kilometer

 Length 1 inch 2.540 centimeters 1 foot 30.48 centimeters 1 mile 1.609 kilometers 1 centimeter 0.3937 inches 1 meter 39.37 inches or 100 centimeters 1 kilometer 0.6214 miles or 1000 meters Area 1 square mile 640 acres 1 acre 43.560 feet squared 1 square meter 10.76 feet squared 1 square foot 929 centimeters squared Volume 1 US Gallon 3.785 litres 1 British Gallon 1.201 US gallon 1 US Quart .946 litre Speed 1 Mile per hour 1.609 Kilometer per hour 1 Kilometer per hour .62 Miles per hour Temperature Sea Level 32 Degrees Fahrenheit 0 Degrees Celsius (Freezing Point) 212 Degrees Farenheit 100 Degrees Celsius (Boiling Point) Weight 1 Pound .453 Kilogram, 16 ounces, 453 grams 1 Ounce 28 grams 1 Kilogram 2.2 pounds