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Converting Meters to Feet

Updated on March 22, 2011

The Internet is full of Sites With Conversion Tables

HubPages has asked “how many feet in a meter?” and the answer is “there are 3.280839895 feet in a meter.”

Normally one would answer the question by saying “a meter contains a little over 3 feet” or “a meter is equal to about 3.3 feet”.

However, with the aid of a computer it is possible to easily calculate exactly how many feet there are in a meter. Because it is so easy to write such conversion programs, the Internet is full of them.

Therefore, whenever you need to convert something from one unit of measurement to another, simply go to Google or another search engine and type convert meters to feet or something similar and you will have access to hundreds of conversion programs. Or, just bookmark the first link below and it will take you to the site where I got the answer above.

Thomas Jefferson Proposed Decimal Measures before the Metric System

The reason we have to make such conversions is that the United States and some other countries still use the traditional British system of weights and measures while much of the rest of the world, including Great Britain, now use the Metric system of measurement that was developed by the French during the French Revolution.

Actually, Thomas Jefferson, when he was George Washington's Secretary of State, proposed a metric type system for the U.S. before the French developed and put their metric system in use. Jefferson, who had previously served as ambassador to France, enlisted the help of French scientists in developing his proposed system. Like the present metric system, Jefferson's system was a decimal system, like our number system, which would have made calculating measurements very easy in contrast to our present system where:

12 inches = 1 foot

3 feet = 1 yard

5,280 feet = 1 mile

1,760 yards = 1 mile

While he failed to win Congressional approval for a new system of weights and measures based upon a decimal system, Jefferson did succeed in getting the other part of his proposal enacted and that was a money system based upon decimals. This made American money calculations very easy when compared to the old British system of pence, schillings, guineas and pounds.

While America still clings to the ancient British system of measurement, globalization is slowly moving us to the metric system as more and more tools and goods come calibrated in metric, rather than traditional feet and pounds.


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      Mike 6 years ago

      While there are many sites out there, we like this one:

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      juennifer 8 years ago

      In converting 40 centimeters to inches, what unit (omit the number) would you place in the numerator of your ratio? Use the plural form in your answer. Remember that there are 2.54 centimeters in 1 inch.

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      Peter 8 years ago from Australia

      G'day Chuck just catching up with this Hub. We have been all metric in Australia for quite a number of years now. But having grown up with Imperial measurements I still can get lost very easily.

      Talk to youngsters about Imperial and they do not have a clue. It's like I've just arrived from another planet, lol

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      Diego7070 9 years ago from Albuquerque

      I have two left feet when I'm on the dance floor. How many meters is that? Just joshing. Thanks for the useful tip! Diego

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      Joanie Ruppel 9 years ago from Texas

      Since an inch is defined to be exactly 2.54 cm, then the answer can be shown to be

      (100 cm/2.54cm/in)/12in/ft

      or approximately 3.280839895013 ft/m

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      For just a moment I was befuddled.

      I did not see the point. (Still I have tripped on a matchstick)

      Thank you for that information