Date: 01/16/97 at 16:07:45 From: kim Subject: Metric Conversions How do I convert cubic yards to cubic meters? Thanks.
Date: 01/19/97 at 23:49:37 From: Doctor Toby Subject: Re: Metric Conversions If you have a box with side lengths A, B, and C, then the volume of the box is A*B*C. A cubic yard is a box with sides all 1 yard long, so the volume of a cubic yard is (1 yard)*(1 yard)*(1 yard). To convert yards to metres, 1 yard = 0.9144 metre. Therefore, a cubic yard is (0.9144 metre)*(0.9144 metre)*(0.9144 metre), which is 0.9144*0.9144*0.9144 (1 metre)*(1 metre)*(1 metre). But (1 metre)*(1 metre)*(1 metre) is a cubic metre for the same reason that (1 yard)*(1 yard)*(1 yard) is a cubic yard. This means a cubic yard is 0.9144*0.9144*0.9144 cubic metre. I'll leave it to you to multiply 0.9144*0.9144*0.9144. -Doctor Toby, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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