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Convert units of acceleration by entering the value to convert and the from and to units.

How to Convert Units of Acceleration

Conversions are performed by using a conversion factor. By knowing the conversion factor, converting between units can become a simple multiplication problem:

S * C = E

Where S is our starting value, C is our conversion factor, and E is our end converted result.

To simply convert from any unit into meter per second squared, m/s2, for example, from foot per minute per second, 50 ft/(min·s), just multiply by the conversion value in the right column in the table below.

50 ft/(min·s) * 0.00508 [ (m/s2) / (ft/(min·s)) ] = 0.254 m/s2

To convert from m/s2 into units in the left column divide by the value in the right column or, multiply by the reciprocal, 1/x.

0.254 m/s2 / 0.00508 [ (m/s2) / (ft/(min·s)) ] = 50 ft/(min·s)

To convert among any units in the left column, say from A to B, you can multiply by the factor for A to convert A into m/s2 then divide by the factor for B to convert out of m/s2.  Or, you can find the single factor you need by dividing the A factor by the B factor.

For example, to convert from foot per minute per second, ft/(min·s), to mile per hour per second, mi/(h·s), you would multiply by 0.00508 then divide by 0.44704.  Or, multiply by 0.00508/0.44704 = 0.01136364. So, to convert directly from ft/(min·s) to mi/(h·s) you multiply by 0.01136364.

To understand how to also convert the units follow this example. Say you want to convert from ft/(min·s) to m/s2; you want to convert the foot to meter and the minute to second.  Since you can multiply anything by 1 and still retain the original value, but in different units, set it up so that ft and min will cancel out leaving you with m/s/s or m/(s·s) or m/s2.

1 m = 3.28084 ft, 1 m / 3.28084 ft = 1
1 min = 60 s, 1 min / 60 s = 1

We can write the conversion as:
1 ft/(min·s) = 1 ft/(min·s) * (1 m / 3.28084 ft) * (1 min / 60 s) = 0.00508 m/s2

And we now have our factor for conversion from ft/(min·s) to m/s2 since 1 * 0.00508 = 0.00508.

Knowing that 1 ft/(min·s) = 0.00508 m/s2 we can now find the conversion factor for converting back. Dividing both sides of the equation by 0.00508 we get about 196.8504 ft/(min·s) = 1 m/s2.  So, the conversion factor to multiply by to convert from m/s2 to ft/(min·s) is about 196.8504.

Units, symbols and conversion values
used in this acceleration calculator
To Convert from
and Convert to
( m/s2 or m/(s·s) )
Multiply by
( m/s 2 / Unit )
centimeter per second squared
meter per second squared
foot per hour per second
meter per second squared
foot per minute per second
meter per second squared
foot per second squared
meter per second squared
meter per second squared
gravity (standard)
meter per second squared
inch per hour per second
meter per second squared
inch per minute per second
meter per second squared
inch per second squared
meter per second squared
meter per second squared
meter per second squared
knot per second
meter per second squared
mile per hour per second
meter per second squared
mile per minute per second
meter per second squared
mile per second squared
meter per second squared

References/ Further Reading

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) - The NIST Guide for the use of the International System of Units - Appendix B, subsections B.8 Factors for Units Listed Alphabetically and B.9 Factors for units listed by kind of quantity or field of science.

Lide, David R., Daniel (Editor-in-Chief). CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 89th Edition New York, NY: CRC Press, p. 1-28, 2008.

Wikipedia contributors. "Conversion of units" Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, last visited 26 Jun. 2011.

Dr Math - "Acceleration Formula and Squared Units" accessed June, 21 2011 at MathForum.org


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