how many feet in a mile

how many feet in a mile


In measuring distances US units are highly used as they are much precise and easy to calculate and count out. Conversions from one unit to the other is much easier too as they just differ out by just places and powers of 10. But sometimes, uncommon units are too required for measurement as these can be used to measure out distances without the need of the actual measuring equipment. Such as the length from the elbow through the wrist to the starting of the palm circle is exactly 1 foot. We can convert it to any unit, big or small, even in miles for a comparison. Or can we? If we can, then how many feet in a mile?

Let us see.

What actually is a feet?

Feet is a plural form of the most commonly and conventionally used unit of length and distances “foot”. It is highly used in measurement for smaller distances instead of some better units like metre, which is by far the simplest being used today.

 The advantage of using foot/feet for measuring out distances is that it can be easily converted into smaller units easily like inches. One feet is equal to just 12 inches to be exact.

 Inches is another unit which is used widely in construction along with feet, as for smaller units, a centimeter is much of a more small unit to be used. Inches provide better calibration and counting of the lengths of machinery along with feet.

What actually is a mile?

Mile is a bigger unit of length which is most commonly used for measuring out distances between cities or countries.

 You might be familiar with miles, if you are familiar with cars as most of the countries use the unit mph or miles per hour for their speedometer as it gives more of a smaller unit to be handled and noted down.

 A kilometre is not much used as it always gives up a bigger number, around 1.6 times bigger than the original value in miles. Miles thus provide a simple convention with smaller whole number values that can be precisely used, along with saving time.

Intermediate unit to be used for a simple conversion.

When converting a unit from one form to another equivalent form, an intermediate unit is required to give out the actual value of the other two units.

 The intermediate unit is required for a simple conversion as it will have relationships with both the uncommon units and that is what will be required here.

 Here we will use an actual bigger unit which is Kilometre or Km, as smaller units won’t be helping so much. A mile is considered here which is a much bigger unit than the kilometre itself.

So, how many feet in a mile? We are halfway done.

Miles in kilometre

Miles and kilometre go hand in hand as they are repeatedly used more often in car speedometers and acceleration benchmarks. Also used in measuring lengths of roads, ranges too. 

And to be precisely true, km and mile don’t have that much of different values. For the answer, 1 mile is exactly equal to 1.60934 kilometres. You can now use this value to convert to more smaller units like metre or centimetres as the actual value in km is known now.

Feet in kilometre

Now, this might give you a jolt as feet is extensively smaller when compared to km. The nearer simpler and smaller unit used aside of km is a metre. It is just one-thousandth of a km.

 That small. And a feet is almost three times as smaller than a metre. So, we will go through both of the conversions here. First, feet to metre. One feet is equivalent to 0.3048 meters.

 We are already short on the decimal point. Second, feet to a kilometre. Now that we have the value in metre, we can easily divide it by a factor of one thousand to get the actual value of feet in km.

And doing that we will have, 0.3048556/1000 which is equal to 0.0003048 kilometres. And that is a hell of a small number to be actually used for measurement. But we won’t be actually doing that as we don’t need to. 

We will be just using the value to get the accurate measured out value of feet in a mile.

Now to the final answer.

We have learned about the relations between feet and km, miles and km, feet and metre too. Also, we learned about how inches help with small measurements.

 So, from our previous measurements, one feet is equal to 0.0003048 km. And one mile is equal to 1.60934 km. So, using these two values we can find out the value of feet in a mile. And doing that ;

1.60934/0.000 gives us 5279.9868766 feet.

That is the exact accurate value of a total number of feet in a mile.

If we round off the value, then we get around 5280 feet in a mile.

And there is the answer.

So, how many feet in a mile? 5280. 

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