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The Ratio Between Feet and Miles
Visualising the relationship between feet and miles makes it easier to convert between the two. Feet are used to establish the baseline ruler and the miles ruler is sized in relation to that baseline.
How to convert feet to miles (ft to mi)Converting feet to miles involves dividing the number of feet by the number of feet in a mile. Here's the conversion factor and the process: 1 mile is equal to 5280 feet. To convert feet to miles, you divide the number of feet by 5280. The feet to miles conversion formula is: mi = ft ÷ 5280.
Let's take a look at an example. The step-by-step process to convert 2640 feet to miles is:
- Understand the conversion formula: mi = ft ÷ 5280
- Substitute the required value. In this case we substitute 2640 for ft so the formula becomes: mi = 2640 ÷ 5280
- Calculate the result using the provided values. In our example the result is: 2640 ÷ 5280 = 0.5 mi
In summary, 2640 feet is equal to 0.5 miles.
Converting miles to feet
In order to convert the other way around i.e. miles to feet, you would use the following formula: ft = mi × 5280. To convert miles to feet first substitute the mile value into the above formula, and then execute the calculation. If we wanted to calculate 1 mile in feet we follow these steps:
ft = mi × 5280
ft = 1 × 5280
ft = 5280
Or in other words, 1 mile is equal to 5280 feet.
Conversion Unit Definitions
What is a Foot?
Historical Context: The foot has been used as a unit of measurement for thousands of years and has roots in various ancient civilizations. It was originally based on the length of a human foot, but over time, standardized units were developed to ensure consistency.
Imperial and US Customary Systems: The foot is a fundamental unit in both the Imperial system and the United States Customary system. These systems of measurement are closely related and share many common units. The foot is divided into 12 inches and is further subdivided into smaller units such as the inch, half-inch, quarter-inch, etc.
Length Conversion: As mentioned earlier, one foot is equal to 12 inches or approximately 30.48 centimeters. Conversely, one inch is equal to 1/12th of a foot.
Symbol: The symbol for foot is a single prime ('). For example, a measurement of 5 feet would be written as 5'.
Usage: The foot is commonly used in various applications, including construction, architecture, interior design, surveying, and sports. It is often used to measure heights, distances, room dimensions, and other similar quantities.
Subdivisions: The foot can be divided into smaller units to measure finer lengths. Apart from the inch, mentioned earlier, there are also other subdivisions used in specific contexts. For example, in surveying, a foot can be divided into tenths or hundredths for precise measurements.
International Usage: While the metric system (based on the meter) is the predominant system of measurement used worldwide, the foot is still used in certain countries, such as the United States and the United Kingdom, especially in everyday contexts. However, it's worth noting that in scientific, technical, and international contexts, the meter is typically used for consistency and compatibility.
What is a Mile?
Historical Context: The mile has a long history and can be traced back to ancient Roman measurements. It was standardized and defined differently over time, but the modern definition was established in the 16th century.
Imperial and US Customary Systems: The mile is a fundamental unit of length in both the Imperial system (used in the UK) and the United States Customary system. These systems of measurement are closely related and share many common units. The mile is divided into feet, and each foot is further divided into inches.
Length Conversion: As mentioned earlier, one mile is equal to 5,280 feet or approximately 1.609 kilometers. Conversely, one foot is equal to 1/5,280th of a mile, and one inch is equal to 1/63,360th of a mile.
Common Uses: The mile is often used to measure longer distances, especially in transportation, sports events (such as marathons), and everyday contexts in countries that have not fully transitioned to the metric system. It is commonly employed in fields such as road signs, aviation, maritime navigation, and athletic competitions.
Symbol: The symbol for mile is "mi". For example, a measurement of 5 miles would be written as 5 mi.
Subdivisions: The mile can be divided into smaller units to measure finer lengths. The most common subdivision used in practical contexts is the yard, where one mile is equal to 1,760 yards. In some specific applications, even smaller subdivisions like the furlong or rod may be used.
International Usage: While the metric system (based on the meter) is the predominant system of measurement used worldwide, the mile is still used in certain countries, especially the United States and the United Kingdom, in everyday contexts. However, in scientific, technical, and international contexts, the kilometer is typically used for consistency and compatibility.
Feet To Miles Conversion Table
Below is a lookup table showing common feet to miles conversion values.
|Foot (ft)||Mile (mi)|
|1 ft||0.000189393939393939393939393939394 mi|
|5 ft||0.00094696969696969696969696969697 mi|
|10 ft||0.00189393939393939393939393939394 mi|
|15 ft||0.00284090909090909090909090909091 mi|
|20 ft||0.00378787878787878787878787878788 mi|
|30 ft||0.00568181818181818181818181818182 mi|
|40 ft||0.00757575757575757575757575757576 mi|
|50 ft||0.0094696969696969696969696969697 mi|
|60 ft||0.0113636363636363636363636363636 mi|
|70 ft||0.0132575757575757575757575757576 mi|
|80 ft||0.0151515151515151515151515151515 mi|
|90 ft||0.0170454545454545454545454545455 mi|
|100 ft||0.0189393939393939393939393939394 mi|
|165 ft||0.03125 mi|
|330 ft||0.0625 mi|
|660 ft||0.125 mi|
|1320 ft||0.25 mi|
|2640 ft||0.5 mi|
|5280 ft||1 mi|
Other Common Foot Conversions
Below is a table of common conversions from feet to other length units.
|1 foot in inches||12 in|
|1 foot in yards||0.333333333333333333333333333333 yd|
|1 foot in millimeters||304.8 mm|
|1 foot in centimeters||30.48 cm|
|1 foot in meters||0.3048 m|
|1 foot in kilometers||0.00030478512648582749161840902164 km|