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The Ratio Between Yards and Feet
Visualising the relationship between yards and feet makes it easier to convert between the two. Yards are used to establish the baseline ruler and the feet ruler is sized in relation to that baseline.
How to convert yards to feet (yd to ft)
The formula for converting yards to feet is: ft = yd × 3. To calculate the yard value in feet first substitute the yard value into the preceding formula, and then perform the calculation. If we wanted to calculate 1 yard in feet we follow these steps:
ft = yd × 3
ft = 1 × 3
ft = 3
In other words, 1 yard is equal to 3 feet.
Let's take a look at an example. The step-by-step process to convert 9 yards to feet is:
- Understand the conversion formula: ft = yd × 3
- Substitute the required value. In this case we substitute 9 for yd so the formula becomes: ft = 9 × 3
- Calculate the result using the provided values. In our example the result is: 9 × 3 = 27 ft
In summary, 9 yards is equal to 27 feet.
Converting feet to yards
In order to convert the other way around i.e. feet to yards, you would use the following formula: yd = ft ÷ 3. To convert feet to yards first substitute the foot value into the above formula, and then execute the calculation. If we wanted to calculate 1 foot in yards we follow these steps:
yd = ft ÷ 3
yd = 1 ÷ 3
yd = 0.333333333333333333333333333333
Or in other words, 1 foot is equal to 0.333333333333333333333333333333 yards.
Conversion Unit Definitions
What is a Yard?
Historical Context: The yard has a long history and is derived from the ancient English measurement system. It originated from the distance between the tip of King Henry I's nose to the end of his outstretched arm. Over time, it was standardized and defined in terms of feet and inches.
Imperial and US Customary Systems: The yard is a fundamental unit of length in both the Imperial system and the United States Customary system. These systems are closely related and share many common units. The yard is divided into 3 feet, and each foot is further divided into inches.
Length Conversion: As mentioned earlier, one yard is equal to 3 feet or 36 inches. Conversely, one foot is equal to 1/3 of a yard, and one inch is equal to 1/36 of a yard.
Common Uses: The yard is often used to measure longer distances, areas, or dimensions. It is commonly employed in various fields such as construction, landscaping, architecture, and sports. For instance, yards are used to measure the length of a football field, the size of residential lots, or the width of fabric.
Symbol: The symbol for yard is "yd". For example, a measurement of 5 yards would be written as 5 yd.
Subdivisions: The yard can be divided into smaller units to measure finer lengths. As mentioned earlier, it is divided into 3 feet or 36 inches. Each inch can also be further divided into smaller fractions, such as halves, quarters, eighths, and so on.
International Usage: While the metric system (based on the meter) is the predominant system of measurement used worldwide, the yard is still used in certain countries, particularly 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 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.
Yards To Feet Conversion Table
Below is a lookup table showing common yards to feet conversion values.
|Yard (yd)||Foot (ft)|
|1 yd||3 ft|
|2 yd||6 ft|
|3 yd||9 ft|
|4 yd||12 ft|
|5 yd||15 ft|
|6 yd||18 ft|
|7 yd||21 ft|
|8 yd||24 ft|
|9 yd||27 ft|
|10 yd||30 ft|
|11 yd||33 ft|
|12 yd||36 ft|
|13 yd||39 ft|
Other Common Yard Conversions
Below is a table of common conversions from yards to other length units.
|1 yard in inches||36 in|
|1 yard in miles||0.000568181818181818181818181818182 mi|
|1 yard in millimeters||914.4 mm|
|1 yard in centimeters||91.44 cm|
|1 yard in meters||0.9144 m|
|1 yard in kilometers||0.0009144 km|