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Here we will learn about converting units of time, including converting between seconds, minutes and hours.

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**Converting units of time** is converting between seconds, minutes and hours.

To do this we need to know how different units of time are related to each other:

1 day = 24 hours

1 hour = 60 minutes

1 minute = 60 seconds

E.g

Convert 4 hours to minutes.

4 \times 60=2404 hours = 240 minutes

In order to convert units of time:

**Check the units involved.****Multiply or divide by the conversion factor.****Write the answer**.

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DOWNLOAD FREE**Converting units of time** is part of our series of lessons to support revision on **units of measurement**. You may find it helpful to start with the main units of measurement lesson for a summary of what to expect, or use the step by step guides below for further detail on individual topics. Other lessons in this series include:

How many hours are there in 1.5 days?

**Check the units involved.**

1 day = 24 hours

So the conversion factor is 24.

2**Multiply or divide by the conversion factor.**

We need to multiply by 24.

1.5 \times 24=363**Write the answer.**

1.5 days is 36** **hours

How many minutes are there in 2.3 hours?

**Check the units involved.**

1 hour = 60 minutes.

So the conversion factor is 60.

**Multiply or divide by the conversion factor.**

We need to multiply by 60.

2.3 \times 60=138

**Write the answer.**

2.3 hours is 138 ** **minutes

Convert 1.4 hours to hours and minutes.

**Check the units involved.**

1 hour = 60 minutes.

So the conversion factor is 60.

**Multiply or divide by the conversion factor.**

We need to concentrate on the decimal part of the original number, 0.4.

We multiply by 60 to convert to minutes

0.4 \times 60= 24

**Write the answer.**

1.4 hours is 1 hour 24 minutes

Convert 324 minutes to hours.

**Check the units involved.**

1 hour = 60 minutes.

So the conversion factor is 60.

**Multiply or divide by the conversion factor.**

We need to divide by 60.

324 \div 60=5.4

**Write the answer.**

324 minutes is 5.4 ** **hours

Convert 520 minutes to hours and minutes

**Check the units involved.**

1 hour = 60 minutes

So the conversion factor is 60.

**Multiply or divide by the conversion factor.**

We need to divide by 60.

520 \div 60= 8.66666..... = 8\frac{2}{3}

There are 8 full hours and \frac{2}{3} of an hour.

Let’s convert \frac{2}{3} of an hour to minutes by multiplying by 60.

0.66666… \times 60 =\frac{2}{3}\times 60 = 40

**Write the answer.**

520 minutes is 8 ** **hours and** ** 40 ** **minutes

Convert 2 hours and 45 minutes to hours.

**Check the units involved.**

1 hour = 60 minutes.

The conversion factor is 60.

**Multiply or divide by the conversion factor.**

We need to concentrate on the minutes part and convert it to hours by dividing by 60.

45\div 60=\frac{45}{60}=0.75

**Write the answer.**

2 hours and 45 minutes is 2.75 ** **hours

\bf{10}**Base**\bf{60}**and base**

A common misconception is to confuse the units used in the metric system with the units used for time.

The **metric system** uses base 10 .

Each successive unit is 10 times larger than the previous one.

E.g.

**Time **uses base 60.

E.g.

1. How many hours are there in 2\frac{1}{2} days?

60 hours

48 hours

72 hours

63 hours

2\frac{1}{2}\times 24=60

2. How many minutes are there in 3.1 hours?

31 minutes

190 minutes

186 minutes

310 minutes

3.1\times 60=186

3. Convert 4.35 hours to hours and minutes?

4 hours and 35 minutes

4 hours and 25 minutes

4 hours and 21 minutes

4 hours and 28 minutes

Concentrate on the decimal fraction part

0.35\times 60=21

So, 4.35 hours is 4 hours and 21 minutes.

4. Convert 75 minutes to hours?

0.75 hours

1.5 hours minutes

7.5 hours

1.25 hours

75\div 60=1.25

5. Convert 135 minutes to hours and minutes?

13 hours and 5 minutes

1 hours and 35 minutes

2 hours and 25 minutes

2 hours and 15 minutes

135\div 60=2.25

So there are 2 hours.

0.25\times 60=15

And there are 15 minutes

6. Convert 4 hours and 18 minutes to hours?

4.3 hours

4.18 hours

4.2 hours

4.81 hours

First look at the minutes

18 \div 60=0.3

So the minutes are 0.3 hours.

Altogether there are 4.3 hours.

1. How many days are 120 hours?

A B C D

12 \quad \quad \quad 10 \quad \quad \quad 5 \quad \quad \quad 2

Circle the correct answer.

**(1 mark)**

Show answer

120\div 24=5

C – 5 hours

**(1)**

2. (a) Write 102 minutes as hours

(b) Write 2 hours and 48 minutes as hours.

**(4 marks)**

Show answer

(a)

102\div 60

**(1)**

1.7 hours

**(1)**

(b)

48\div 60=0.8

**(1)**

2.8 hours

**(1)**

3. Work out how many seconds there are in 3 hours.

**(2 marks)**

Show answer

3\times 60 \times 60

**(1)**

10 \ 800 seconds

**(1)**

You have now learned how to:

- Change between standard units of time

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