Convert kph to meters per second
Please provide values below to convert kilometer/hour [km/h] to meter/second [m/s], or vice versa.
Definition: The unit kilometers per hour (symbol: km/h) is a unit of speed expressing the number of kilometers traveled in one hour.
History/origin: The unit of kilometers per hour is based on the meter, which was formally defined in 1799. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term kilometer first came into use in 1810. It was not until later in the mid-late 19th century however, that the use of kilometers per hour became more widespread; the myriametre (10,000 meters) per hour was preferred for expressing speed.
Current use: Km/h is currently the most commonly used unit of speed around the world and is typically used for car speeds and road signs. It is also common for both miles per hour as well as kilometers per hour to be displayed on car speedometers. There are many abbreviations for the unit kilometers per hour (kph, kmph, k.p.h, KMph., etc.), but "km/h" is the SI unit symbol.
Meter per second
Definition: A meter per second (symbol: m/s) is an SI (International System of Units) derived unit of speed and velocity. It is defined as the distance traveled in meters divided by the amount of time taken in seconds. It is equal to exactly 3.6 kilometers per hour, approximately 3.2808 feet per second, and approximately 2.2369 miles per hour.
History/origin: The meter per second is a unit that was derived based on the SI units of meters and seconds. The unit benz, named after Karl Benz, a German engine designer and automobile engineer (and founder of the company that would eventually merge and produce the Mercedez-Benz line of automobiles) has been proposed as a named for one meter per second. Although this unit has seen some support, particularly in Germany, the unit benz was rejected as the SI unit of velocity.
Current use: As the SI derived unit of speed and velocity, the meter per second and its multiples are used widely within scientific contexts. The kilometer per second is also used when meters per second is too slow a measurement, such as in astronomical measurements and higher velocities. The kilometer per hour, and in some countries the mile per hour, are the preferred measurement of road speed.
Kilometer/hour to Meter/second Conversion Table
|Kilometer/hour [km/h]||Meter/second [m/s]|
|0.01 km/h||0.0027777778 m/s|
|0.1 km/h||0.0277777778 m/s|
|1 km/h||0.2777777778 m/s|
|2 km/h||0.5555555556 m/s|
|3 km/h||0.8333333333 m/s|
|5 km/h||1.3888888889 m/s|
|10 km/h||2.7777777778 m/s|
|20 km/h||5.5555555556 m/s|
|50 km/h||13.8888888889 m/s|
|100 km/h||27.7777777778 m/s|
|1000 km/h||277.7777777778 m/s|
How to Convert Kilometer/hour to Meter/second
1 km/h = 0.2777777778 m/s
1 m/s = 3.6 km/h
Example: convert 15 km/h to m/s:
15 km/h = 15 × 0.2777777778 m/s = 4.1666666667 m/s