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Is there any way (hopefully simple) to change something that has been measured in cubic feet into linear meters? It is for a work project. Say if I had 50 1.2 cubic foot boxes, what would it be in linear meters?

- guest

Sorry, no simple answer!

A cubic foot is a volume.

A linear meter is a length.

Cubic feet (volume) is calculated using at least three dimensions: length, width and depth. If you knew the dimensions from which the cubic footage was calculated, you would also need to know WHAT dimension (length? width? all?) you needed to use to obtain total length.

In your example, if you had 50 - 1.2 cubic foot boxes, you could place them end to end and come up with a viable answer only IF the boxes were made up of the same dimensions: 1.06265857' long * 1.06265857' wide * 1.06265857' high. That would total a length of 53.1329285 feet in any of the dimensions since theyâ€™re all the same (did you come up with 60 feet?). 53.1329285 feet would total 16.19 meters.

Sounds simple enough, doesnâ€™t it? But, if the dimensions of the 1.2 cubic foot boxes weren't the same, you would have a different answer.

What if the boxes measured 1.549' long * 1.549' wide * 0.5' high? It is still 1.2 cubic feet per box! Place them lengthwise end to end. Now you have a total length of 77.45' or 23.61 meters.

Or 50 boxes measuring 2.4814' long * 0.78' wide * 0.62' high? Again, the volume is 1.2 cubic feet. Again, place them lengthwise end to end. Now you have a total length of 124.07' or 37.82 meters.

See the problem?

A cubic foot is a volume.

A linear meter is a length.

Cubic feet (volume) is calculated using at least three dimensions: length, width and depth. If you knew the dimensions from which the cubic footage was calculated, you would also need to know WHAT dimension (length? width? all?) you needed to use to obtain total length.

In your example, if you had 50 - 1.2 cubic foot boxes, you could place them end to end and come up with a viable answer only IF the boxes were made up of the same dimensions: 1.06265857' long * 1.06265857' wide * 1.06265857' high. That would total a length of 53.1329285 feet in any of the dimensions since theyâ€™re all the same (did you come up with 60 feet?). 53.1329285 feet would total 16.19 meters.

Sounds simple enough, doesnâ€™t it? But, if the dimensions of the 1.2 cubic foot boxes weren't the same, you would have a different answer.

What if the boxes measured 1.549' long * 1.549' wide * 0.5' high? It is still 1.2 cubic feet per box! Place them lengthwise end to end. Now you have a total length of 77.45' or 23.61 meters.

Or 50 boxes measuring 2.4814' long * 0.78' wide * 0.62' high? Again, the volume is 1.2 cubic feet. Again, place them lengthwise end to end. Now you have a total length of 124.07' or 37.82 meters.

See the problem?

- Dirtman
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If you stacked the boxes in one long row of 5o, depending on which of those three dimensions was in the stacking direction, ot could be 500", 600", or 750" long. Or you could have two rows of 25 boxes, or you could have 5 row, 10 boxes long,

or 5 c 5 x 2, all different lengths. It makes no sense to assign one lonear length to a cubic capacity.

or 5 c 5 x 2, all different lengths. It makes no sense to assign one lonear length to a cubic capacity.

- Guest

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