How to Convert Inches into Decimal Values

Often measurements are provided in fractions, especially inches.

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However, there may be times when the inches need to be converted into a decimal format. Use this example to learn how to convert inches into decimal values.

Start with 5 2/3 inches.

Convert the 2/3 into decimals. Divide 2 by 3, which equals 0.66. So, the inches are 5.66.

Divide 5.66 into 12, because there are 12 inches in a foot.

Apply the "common sense" test. Because 6 inches is half a foot, the decimal value will be around 0.50.

Divide 5.66 into 12, which totals 0.47. The decimal value of 5 2/3 inches is 0.47 feet.

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Hunter Taylor has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has authored articles for the "The Social Contract Journal," as well as newspapers, legislative magazines and e-newsletters for state legislators and organizations. Taylor holds a Master of Business Administration from Shorter University.