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Converting 62 Inches to Feet: How-to & Steps

Instructor: Stephanie Matalone

Stephanie taught high school science and math and has a Master's Degree in Secondary Education.

In this lesson, we will go over the steps of converting 62 inches into feet. We'll look at setting up fractions, writing equivalent ratios, and cross multiplying.

Steps to Solving the Problem

So you went to the doctor yesterday, and the nurse had you stand on that scale to take your weight and measure your height. She politely told you that you are 62 inches tall. Great... but you want to know how tall you are in feet!

In order to figure this out, we need to know that there are 12 inches in a foot. With this information, we will set up our first fraction:

12 inches / 1 foot

Next, we need to set up a second fraction called an equivalent ratio that is equal to the first fraction. When setting up this fraction, it is extremely important to match the first fraction we just wrote, so the inches are both on the same side and the feet are both on the same side.

We will use the 62 inches we are converting for the top of the fraction. For the bottom, we will use the unknown amount of feet that we are solving for. We will represent this unknown value with a variable. We can choose any letter, but let's keep it easy and stick with x. Here's our second fraction:

62 inches / x feet

Since the second fraction is equivalent to the first, we can set the two fractions equal to each other:

12 inches / 1 foot = 62 inches / x feet

To solve for x, we need to cross multiply, which is the process of multiplying the tops of the fractions with the bottoms of the equivalent fraction, thus multiplying across like a big X.

To do this, we will multiply the 12 inches from the top of the first fraction by the x feet on the bottom of the second fraction. We will then multiply the 1 foot from the bottom of the first fraction with the 62 inches from the top of the second fraction. Then, we set the two products equal to each other:

12 inches x x feet = 62 inches x 1 foot

Now we need to actually solve for x by using inverse operations to get the variable by itself. Inverse operations are operations that undo each other, such as addition is the inverse operation of subtraction. In our case, we need to divide both sides by 12 inches to get x alone. When we do this, we are left with:

x = 5.167 feet

(Please note that this was rounded.)

Solution

This means that you are 5.167 feet tall! Now you can compare your height to your siblings and friends and show them how much you have grown!

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