# converting m/sec squared to cm/min squared

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### converting m/sec squared to cm/min squared

need to convert acceleration due to gravity in meters per sec squared into cm per min squared
lab girl

Acceleration due to gravity (g) is usually taken as 9.81m/sÂ˛. There are 100cm in 1m, so g = 9.81m/sÂ˛ = 981cm/sÂ˛.
There are 60s in 1 min, & 1s = 1/60th of a minute, so 1sÂ˛ = 1/60Â˛ = 1/3600.
Representing this as a formula:

g = 9.81m/sÂ˛ = 981cm/sÂ˛ = 981/(1/60Â˛) cm/minÂ˛

Because the 981 is divided by a value that is already 1 divided by 60Â˛, this is equivalent to multiplying by 60Â˛.

So g = 981 x 60Â˛ cm/minÂ˛ = 3531600 cm/minÂ˛ = 3.5316E6 cm/minÂ˛ (in engineering format).

As you can see the conversion is a bit complex, and the units you want are completely non-standard. I assume the speeds and accelerations you are interested in are very small, so I would recommend you seriously consider keeping to the conventional metric system, and represent small numbers using the engineering format, which is very good a handling very large or very small values. You have a much reduced chance of errors too!
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