Miles to Kilometers – Incredibly Simple Method of Conversion

Relationship between Miles and Kilometers

Mile is an English unit of measuring length or distance and it is equal to 5280 feet or 1760 yards  (for your information, 1 yard = 3 feet).
Whereas, Kilometer is the measure of length or distance in metric system, where it is equal to 1000 meters.

1 Mile = 1.609344 kilometers

Now if you have to convert few miles to kilometers, it will be a tedious task, isn’t it? Would you like to learn a method of doing this conversion mentally?

Here is simple yet effective method using which you will get an approximate value but in most cases that will suffice the purpose. So here you go.

You need to understand a very simple idea – the relationship between kilometers and miles can be closely represented by Fibonacci Series. Now what’s this Fibonacci Series?

For those of you who don’t know, we first need to understand the concept of Fibonacci sequence. First few numbers of the Fibonacci Series are the following. 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144…

If you’ve noticed in the above series the numbers are the sum of the previous two numbers in the series, starting with 0 and 1. As you see 0+1=1; 1+1=2; 1+2=3;…….34+55=89 and so on. Hence a series of numbers in which each number is the sum of preceding tweo numbers is called Fibonacci series or sequence. So to understand the calculation of conversion from miles to kilometers or the other way round,  let us use Fibonacci series

Conversion of Miles to Kilometres

Relationship of succeeding numbers in Fibonacci series closely matches the relationship between miles and km.

  • 3 miles = 5 km
  • 5 miles = 8 km
  • 8 miles = 13 km (12.8748 km to be exact)
  • 13 miles = 21 km (20.9215 km to be exact)
  • 21 miles = 34 km (33.796224 km to be exact)
  • 89 miles = 144 km (143.232 km to be exact)

However, what if you have to convert number (miles) which is not in Fibonacci series into km? Not to worry. There is a way out. You need to break out that number in to Fibonacci numbers. Covert the numbers as per the above scheme and add the resultant numbers to get the answer. For example; 85 = 55+21+8+1 After the conversion: 89+34+13+1 = 137 km (136.794 km to be exact)

Fibonacci sequence has many other wonderful properties and wide occurrence in nature, music, design, etc. You’ve just seen another application of Fibonacci sequence. The answers you get are close enough.

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