How many inches are in a meter?

Published: 10/31/2020 Last updated: 3/22/2021
How many inches are in a meter?
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Inches to meter conversion is one of the most common types of math conversions at all. It is useful not only in school or at uni but also, or mostly, in everyday life. Do you want to know how many inches are in a meter too? Here you will find the answer. This article is a repository of knowledge about meter, inch and, of course, their conversion. It is time to know how much inches in a meter!

Are you afraid of mathematical language full of difficult words? Don’t worry! Our article is written for everyone. We promise that all of you can understand it without any problems. We will explain this topic clearly, without complicated formulas. Our mission is to make conversions simply for everyone.

Without any further ado, let’s move on to the main part of this article!

How many inches in a meter

We know that the topic of how many inches are in one meter is probably the most interesting for you but we cannot omit also a little part of theory. We gathered in this part only basic facts which you need to know and some tidbits to make it more interesting for you. So let’s start. It is time to understand better meters and inches.

If you are looking for the answer to how many inches equal a meter, you probably know that both a meter and an inch are units of length. In this part we want to tell you something more about each of them.

The meter is a base unit of length in the International System of Units (known also as SI). This unit was defined differently over the years. Nowadays the meter is defined as following: “The metre, symbol m, is the SI unit of length. It is defined by taking the fixed numerical value of the speed of light in vacuum c to be 299 792 458 when expressed in the unit m⋅s−1, where the second is defined in terms of the caesium frequency ΔνCs.”

Curiously, this definition has been in use since 20th May 2019. It was redefined in agreement with the International System on Quantities. It took place on the 144th anniversary of the Metre Convention.

The meter can be also written as:

1 m = 9 192 631 770 c/299 792 458 ΔνCs

Where the name “meter” comes from? The “meter” is derived from two Greek words – metreo and metron. Metreo means to measure, to count or to compare. In turn, metron means a measure. Nowadays the meter is sometimes also called “the metre”, especially in the United Kingdom. In the United States it is used mostly as “the meter”.

The meter is equal 100 centimeters and 0.001 kilometers. As you can see, both centimeters and kilometers are formed using SI prefixes. Of course, it is also possible to convert the meter to non-SI units. For instance, one meter is approximately equal to 1.0936 yards.

The inch is also a unit of length but in the Imperial and United States customary systems of measurement. In contrast to the meter, the inch does not have a legal definition. This unit is defined simply as 1/36 yard or 1/12 foot. One inch is also exactly 25.4 mm.

The name “inch” comes from Latin word “uncia” which means one-twelfth. Curiously, the inch was first mentioned in documents dating to the early 7th century. It was the Law of Æthelberht. In this document were gathered legal provisions.

The most theoretical part of this article is already behind us. We think that this information is sufficient. You know a little about these two units and know some tidbits about them. Now we can move on to the more practical part. Then you will know how many inches are in a meter.

How many inches are in a meter

After this part of theory it is time to tell you how many inches per meter. It is a little bit complicated because there is no exact result of how many inches are there in a meter. On the other hand, there is an exact result of how many meters in an inch. Have a look.

One inch is exactly 0.0254 meter. In turn, one meter is approximately 39.3700787 inches. To be more precise, one meter is exactly 1/0.0254. This fraction in decimal notation has an infinite number of digits. That’s why it is usually used as an approximation.

These two results we can also write in this way:

  • 1 inch = 0.0254 meter,
  • 1 meter = 39.3700787 inches.

Of course, approximations of how much inches in one meter can be different. For instance, if you need an exact result you can use 1 meter = 39.3700787 inches but if you do not need such exact results you can also use 1 meter = 39.37 inches or even 1 meter = 39 inches. It depends on you which approximation you will use in your calculations.

You know now how many inches in a meter stick. We want to tell you also how many inches in a square meter. One square meter is approximately 1550.0031000062 square inches. In this case it is also impossible to give you an exact result. Why? One meter is approximately 39.3700787 inches, so one square meter is an inch multiplied by an inch, that is 39.3700787×39.3700787. We can say that is approximation multiplied by approximation.

These result we can also write in this way:

  • 1 square meter = 1550.0031000062 square inches.

Now you know an answer to this question: a meter is equal to how many inches? You also know how many inches in a square meter, so we can move on to the more practical thing, that means to a conversion factor and a formula which you will need to make your own calculation.

How many inches is a meter

We will start this part with a conversion factor. What is it exactly? It is a factor which you need to make a formula. Thanks to this you could convert any number of meters to inches. So what is the meters to inches conversion factor?

The meters to inches conversion factor is simply the same as how many inches are in a meter stick. Have a look. One meter is approximately 39.3700787 inches. So the number of inches is a conversion factor. We can also write it in another way:

The meters to inches conversion factor: 39.3700787.

Of course, if you do not need an exact result you can round off this factor, for instance, to two decimal places. It will be 39.37. We will use a full conversion factor to give you the most accurate results in the next, full of practice, part of this article.

If you know a conversion factor, now we can move on to a formula. What is the formula to convert from meters to inches? The formula is based on a conversion factor. Have a look:

Number of meters * 39.3700787 = the result in inches

As you can see, this formula is quite simply to use. You just need to multiply the number of meters by a conversion factor, that is 39.3700787. Your result will be given in inches. That’s all.

So if you know a formula, we can move on to practice. Let’s see some practical examples.

How many inches in one meter

It is time to give you an answer to the most common question, that is: how to convert meters to inches? Firstly we want to show you a few examples step by step. Then we will also show you some examples in a table. So let’s start.

We will start with a small number to make your calculation simply. For instance, try to convert 3 meters into inches. As we said in the previous part of this article, you have to multiply this number by a conversion factor. So multiply 3 by 39.370787. It gives 118.112361. If you want you can also round off this result, for instance, to two decimal places. The final result after rounding off is 118.11 inches.

Let’s try to calculate a bigger number. For instance, convert 8 meters to inches. As in the previous example, multiply 8 by 39.3700787. It gives 314.96063. In this case you also can round off the result to two decimal places. It will be 314.96 inches.

Another example. This time calculate 20 meters to inches. Multiply 20 by 39.3700787. It gives 787.401574. After rounding off to two decimal places it is 787.40 inches.

The last example for meters to inches calculation. Try to convert 60 meters to inches. And again, multiply 60 by 39.3700787. It gives 2362.20472. Round off this result to two decimal places. It is 2362.20 inches.

We hope that now you know how to transform meters in inches. As we promised, we also want to show you a few more examples in a chart. Have a look:

ResultResult rounded off to two decimal places
how many inches in 1 meter39.370078739.37
how many inches in 2 meters78.740157478.74
how many inches in 5 meters196.850394196.85
how many inches in 10 meters393.700787393.70

We hope that after these step by step practical examples and examples from a chart conversion of meters to inches is clear for you.

At the end of this practical part we want to show you also one example for square meters to square inches calculation. A quick reminder: one square meter is approximately 1550.0031000062 square inches. So this number is your conversion factor. As in all previous examples, you have to multiply the number by this conversion factor.

So let’s try to calculate 2 square meters to square inches. Just multiply 2 by 1550.0031000062. It gives 3100.0062000124. You can also round off this result, for instance, to two decimal places. The final result is 3100.01 square inches.

Do you not want to calculate meters to inches on your own? Do you prefer ready-made solutions? Are you looking for quicker and easier solution to making conversions? We have something for you. You can read about it in the next part of this article.

1 meter is equal to 39.3701 inches

What are we talking about? About our meters to inches converter. As the name suggests, it is an application which enables meters to inches conversion. Thanks to this converter you do not need to make any calculations on your own!

How does this converter work? It is based on a formula which we gave you in the previous part of this article. To use it you only need to enter the number of meters and click the ‘calculate’ button. Our converter will do the rest for you. The result will be shown in a flash.

Thanks to our meters to inches converter you can save your time and energy. No more frustrating calculations, no more mistakes! Just a simple tool which will make everything for you and give you an exact result in less than a second.

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We are sure that you found here the answer to a question: how much is a meter in inches? We hope that meters to inches conversions is clear for you now. We also hope that you will like our meters to inches converter.

Do you want to know more about other conversions? Check our other articles and learn more. And also try our converter – this application will make your life easier!

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