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1 nautical mile (nmi) = 72913.38583 inch (in). Nautical Mile (nmi) is a unit of Length used in Standard system. Inch (in) is a unit of Length used in Standard system.
Nautical Mile: A Unit of Length
A nautical mile is a unit of length that is used in air, marine, and space navigation, and for the definition of territorial waters. It is based on the Earth’s longitude and latitude coordinates, and is equal to one minute of arc along a meridian. In this article, we will explore the definition, history, uses, and conversions of the nautical mile.
Definition of the Nautical Mile
The nautical mile is defined as exactly 1,852 metres (6,076 feet; 1.151 miles) by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) since 1929. This definition is based on the length of one minute of arc along a great circle of a sphere having the same surface area as the Clarke 1866 ellipsoid, which approximates the shape of the Earth.
The nautical mile is not an SI unit, but it is accepted for use with the SI by the International Committee for Weights and Measures. The derived unit of speed is the knot, which is one nautical mile per hour.
History of the Nautical Mile
The concept of the nautical mile dates back to ancient times, when navigators used the stars and angles to measure distances at sea. The word mile comes from the Latin phrase mille passus, meaning a thousand paces.
The nautical mile was originally defined as the length on the Earth’s surface of one minute of arc along a meridian (north-south line of longitude). However, this definition varied depending on the latitude and the shape of the Earth assumed by different countries. For example, France defined a nautical mile as one ten-millionth of a quarter meridian using the original 1791 definition of the metre.The United States and the United Kingdom used an average arcminute based on the Clarke 1866 ellipsoid.
In order to standardize the nautical mile, the IHO adopted the current definition in 1929, which was later endorsed by other international organizations such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The United States adopted the international nautical mile in 1954 and the United Kingdom in 1970.
Where Nautical Mile is Used
The nautical mile is widely used in navigation, especially for maritime and aviation purposes. It is convenient to use because it corresponds to one minute of latitude, which can be easily measured with a sextant or a GPS device. It also allows for simple calculations of distances along great circles, which are the shortest routes between two points on a sphere.
Some examples of where nautical mile is used are:
How to Convert Nautical Mile
The nautical mile can be converted to other units of length using simple multiplication or division by a conversion factor. Here are some common conversion factors:
For example, to convert 10 nautical miles to kilometres, we multiply by 1.852:
10 NM × 1.852 = 18.52 km
To convert 50 kilometres to nautical miles, we divide by 1.852:
50 km ÷ 1.852 = 27 NM
Example Conversions of Nautical Mile to Other Units
Here are some example conversions of nautical mile to other units:
Inch: A Unit of Length Used in the US Customary SystemThe inch (in) is a unit of length used in the US customary system, which is one of the systems of measurement used in the United States and some other countries. The inch is equal to 1/12 of a foot or 2.54 centimeters. The inch is also a derived unit in the imperial system, which is the official system of measurement for the United Kingdom and some other Commonwealth countries. The symbol for inch is in or ″. The inch is used for measuring short distances and dimensions, such as the length of a nail or the width of a finger. The inch is named after the Latin word uncia, meaning one-twelfth. In this article, we will explore the definition, history, usage and conversion of the inch as a unit of length.
Definition of Inch
The inch is a unit of length that is equal to 1/12 of a foot. It is defined as 25.4 millimeters. The foot is defined as 0.3048 meters.
The definition of the inch has changed over time, as different standards and methods of measurement were developed by various countries and organizations. The current definition of the inch as based on millimeters was agreed upon by an international treaty in 1959.
History of Inch
The origin of the inch as a unit of length can be traced back to ancient times, when it was used as a measure of length based on the human body. The word inch comes from the Latin word uncia, meaning one-twelfth. It referred to one-twelfth of a Roman foot, which was about 29.6 millimeters.
The inch was also used as a measure of length by other civilizations, such as the Anglo-Saxons, who used it as one-third of a palm or one-twenty-fourth of an ell. The Anglo-Saxon inch was about 25 millimeters.
The inch was adopted by other countries that followed the English system of measurement, such as the United States and Canada. It was also incorporated into the imperial system, which was established by an act of Parliament in 1824. The imperial system was based on seven base units that could be derived from natural and traditional units. The inch remained as a derived unit in the imperial system, but it was no longer recommended for use in scientific and technical fields.
Usage of Inch
The inch is a unit of length that is used for measuring short distances and dimensions, such as the length of a nail or the width of a finger.
The inch is commonly used in everyday life, especially in countries that follow the US customary system. Some examples are:
The inch is also used in some scientific and technical fields, such as:
How to Convert Inch to Other Units of Length in the US Customary System
To convert inch to other units of length in the US customary system, we need to know the relationship between inch and other units. Here are some common units and their equivalent values in inches:
To convert inch to any of these units, we need to multiply or divide by the appropriate factor. For example, to convert 10 inches to feet, we need to divide by 12:
10 inches / 12 = 0.833 feet
To convert 10 inches to miles, we need to divide by 63,360:
10 inches / 63,360 = 0.000158 miles
To convert 10 inches to mils, we need to multiply by 1000:
10 inches x 1000 = 10,000 mils
How to Convert Inch to Other Units of Length in the SI System
To convert inch to other units of length in the SI system, we need to know the relationship between inch and meter. One inch is equal to 0.0254 meters.
To convert inch to any other unit of length in the SI system, we need to multiply or divide by the appropriate power of ten and add a prefix. Here are some common units and their equivalent values in inches:
To convert inch to any of these units, we need to multiply by the appropriate factor and add a prefix. For example, to convert 10 inches to centimeters, we need to multiply by 2.54:
10 inches x 2.54 = 25.4 centimeters
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