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Converting 60 cm to Inches: How-To & Steps

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov
In this lesson, you'll learn how to quickly convert 60 centimeters to inches, using some basic math. Then, we'll discuss how to check your work using a different method of conversion.

Steps to Convert 60 centimeters to inches

How to Convert Units

To be able to convert 60 centimeters to inches we must:

  1. Know the conversion factor between centimeters and inches
  2. Write an equation using the given number and unit (60 centimeters) and the unit to which we want to convert (inches)
  3. Use either multiplication or division to convert

So, before we begin our conversion, we need to know several things:

  • The symbol for centimeter is cm, and the symbol for inch is in
  • 1 inch (in) = 2.54 centimeters (cm). This means there are 2.54 centimeters in 1 inch.
  • 1 centimeter (cm) = 0.3937 inches (in) (we know this by using the fraction 1/2.54)

Steps for 60 cm to in

When converting from one unit to another, you should always write an equation to show the units you want to use for your answer. In this case, the equation will read:


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Now that we know what units we want to find, we'll know how to properly divide and/or multiply the given units and numbers to get our answer. For this problem, the given numbers/units are 60 cm and 2.54 cm/in.

Given these, the only way we can get to our answer in inches is by formulating the left side of the equation so that the centimeters next to each number cancel out. This can only happen if the units (centimeters) are on opposite sides of the division sign. So our equation will look like this:


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As you can see, the units of 'cm' cancel out and you are left only with 'in' to find the answer, which is 23.62 inches (calculated by dividing 60 by 2.54).

Solution

To convert 60 cm to inches, perform the following calculation:


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Thus, 60 cm equals 23.62 inches.

Double Check

Let's make sure we got that answer right. First, let's write out our equation as:


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