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Instructor: Mia Primas

Mia has taught math and science and has a Master's Degree in Secondary Teaching.

In this lesson, you will learn the steps for converting centimeters to feet. You will also see a calculation to determine the number of feet in 178 centimeters, and you will learn some practical applications for this type of conversion.

Why Change Centimeters to Feet?

Let's say we are going to pick up our foreign exchange student from the airport. He has texted a picture of himself and let us know he is 178 centimeters tall. We want to know how tall this is in feet, so we can more easily look for him in the crowd. If a measurement is given in one unit, such as centimeters, we may need to convert that to another unit, such as feet. Centimeters and feet are units that measure length.

Converting Centimeters to Feet

To convert centimeters to feet, two steps are involved:

  • Step 1: Convert centimeters to inches
  • Step 2: Convert inches to feet

To make these conversions, we need to know how many centimeters are in an inch and how many inches are in a foot. There are 2.54 centimeters in 1 inch. There are 12 inches in 1 foot. In order to convert from one unit to another, we multiply by the conversion factor. The conversion factor is the ratio of one unit to the other, set up as a fraction. To set up this fraction, the unit that we are converting to is the numerator. For example, when converting centimeters to inches, inches should be the numerator and centimeters should be the denominator of the fraction.

Converting 178 Centimeters to Feet

So how tall is our exchange student in feet? Let's convert 178 centimeters to feet.

  • Step 1: Convert centimeters to inches. We set up our equation:

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