It is a mathematical operation that is basically responsible for converting different values between different units of the same type. Through the conversion factor, it is possible to make changes of the same magnitude in units as well as to conjecture equivalences between multiples and submultiples in a given unit of measurement.
Basically, the conversion factor seeks to multiply X initial quantity by a fraction , in this sense, both the numerator and the denominator must contain an equal quantity, the difference lies in the distinction of the units.
It should be noted that, based on the above, if both parts are equal in a fraction , the result will always give one so, when multiplying it, we will not alter the value.
When applying the conversion factor, what you want to achieve is that the initial unit is simplified, thus leaving a new unit.
The conversion factors can be seen expressed in various areas such as:
- Speeds : meters – seconds, knots, kilometers – hours, knots, among others.
- Distance: yards, meters, miles, kilometers.
- Time: hour, seconds, minutes, weeks, years, among others.
- Monetary: pesos, euros, dollars, soles, among others.
Examples of conversion factors
- How to convert 25 meters per second to kilometers per hour taking into account that 1 kilometer is equal to 1000 meters and 1 hour is the equivalent of 3600 seconds.
25 m / sx 1km / 1000 mx 3600s / 1 h = 90 km / h
- Convert m2 to dm2:
- Convert kilometers per hour to meters per second:
- Convert kilometers to meters
- Convert ibf / in2 to N / m2