Degrees, Minutes, SecondsDate: 01/25/2001 at 16:21:21 From: Karl Mcfadden Subject: Degrees minutes and seconds How do I convert degrees in decimal to degrees in minutes and seconds? Date: 01/25/2001 at 16:54:30 From: Doctor Peterson Subject: Re: Degrees minutes and seconds Hi, Karl. To convert degrees to minutes, you multiply by 60, and likewise to convert minutes to seconds. In this case, you only want to convert the decimal part at each step to the smaller unit. So, for example, to convert 34.56 degrees to DMS, we first pull off the whole part (34 degrees) and then convert 0.56 degrees to minutes by multiplying: 0.56 deg * 60 min/deg = 33.6 min Now we pull off the whole part (33 min), and convert 0.6 minutes to seconds: 0.6 min * 60 sec/min = 36 sec The answer is therefore 34 deg 33 min 36 sec. - Doctor Peterson, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
Search the Dr. Math Library: |
[Privacy Policy] [Terms of Use]
Ask Dr. Math^{TM}
© 1994-2013 The Math Forum
http://mathforum.org/dr.math/