Kilometers per hour to Meters per second Converter

Use this converter to easily convert between Kilometers per hour and Meters per second (km/h to m/s).

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How many Meters per second equal one Kilometer per hour?

1 meter per second is the distance (in meters) covered in 1 second. 1 kilometer per hour is the distance (in km) covered in 1 hour. Since there are 1000 meters in a kilometer and 3600 seconds in an hour, we get that 0.27778 meters per second equal one kilometer per hour (1000/3600). Kilometers and meters are both units of measurement for distance or length in the metric system and so are the derivative units of speed. The symbol for meters per second is "mps" while that for km per hour is "kmph", but it is often written as "kph".

Difference between Kilometers per hour and Meters per second

The two units differ in the magnitude of the velocity expressed in 1 units of speed, as well as how they are applied. Kilometers per hour are used in everyday life for expressing the speed of a moving car, truck, train, plain, volley ball, tennis ball, etc. They are used across most of the world, with exception of U.S. and a few other countries, part of the former British Empire.

Meters per second, on the other hand, is the preferred unit of speed in scientific context, in applied physics, engineering, and so on. It expresses the distance (in meters) covered by a moving object or body in one second time frame.

How to convert Kilometers per hour to Meters per second?

Converting from kmph to meters per second requires us to convert both the length and the time dimension, thus we need to first multiply by 1000 and then divide by 3600 (the number of seconds in an hour). Alternatively, for an approximate result we can multiply by 0.27778. When exact calculation is required, its best to use a calculator like our kph to mps converter above.

Km per hour to Meters per second conversion example

Sample task: convert 50 kilometers per hour to meters per second. Solution:

Formula:
kmph * 0.27778 = mps
Calculation:
50 kmph * 0.2778 = 13.8890 mps
End result:
50 kmph is equal to 13.8890 mps

km/h to m/s conversion table

kmph to mps conversion table
kmph mps
1 kmph 0.277778 mps
2 kmph 0.555556 mps
3 kmph 0.833333 mps
4 kmph 1.111111 mps
5 kmph 1.388889 mps
6 kmph 1.666667 mps
7 kmph 1.944444 mps
8 kmph 2.222222 mps
9 kmph 2.50 mps
10 kmph 2.777778 mps
20 kmph 5.555556 mps
30 kmph 8.333333 mps
40 kmph 11.111111 mps
50 kmph 13.888889 mps
60 kmph 16.666667 mps
70 kmph 19.444444 mps
80 kmph 22.222222 mps
90 kmph 25 mps
100 kmph 27.777778 mps
200 kmph 55.555556 mps
300 kmph 83.333333 mps
400 kmph 111.111111 mps
500 kmph 138.888889 mps
600 kmph 166.666667 mps
700 kmph 194.444444 mps
800 kmph 222.222222 mps
900 kmph 250 mps
1,000 kmph 277.777778 mps

References:

[1] National Institute of Standards and Technology. (n.d.). Base unit definitions: Meter.

[2] Develey, E. (1802). Physique d'Emile: ou, Principes de la science de la nature. Paris.

[3] The Council of the European Communities. (27 May 2009). Council Directive 80/181/EEC of 20 December 1979 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to Unit of measurement and on the repeal of Directive 71/354/EEC.

[4] Bureau International des Poids et Mesures. (1983). 17th General Conference on Weights and Measures, Resolution 1.

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