8.7 cm to Inches

The length of 8.7 cm is equal to approximately 3.4252 inches when converted.

Understanding the Conversion from Centimeters to Inches

Converting from the metric system to the imperial system or vice versa is a common need in everyday tasks, such as crafting, construction, and buying clothes or accessories from international vendors. It is especially useful to know how to convert measurements using a simple formula or a unit converter.

Convert 8.7 cm to all lengths

UnitConverted Value
Nautical mile0.0000469765

Step-by-Step Conversion Process

To convert centimeters to inches manually, you should know the exact conversion factor. The standard and internationally agreed upon conversion factor is that 1 inch is equal to 2.54 centimeters. Therefore, to convert centimeters into inches, you divide the centimeter measurement by 2.54. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Start with the metric measurement in centimeters (8.7 cm).
  2. Use the conversion factor: 1 inch = 2.54 cm.
  3. Divide the centimeter measurement by the conversion factor (8.7 / 2.54 = 3.4252).

The result is that 8.7 cm equals 3.4252 inches. You can round this down to approximately 3.43 inches for simplicity in everyday use.

Practical Examples: Items Measuring Close to 8.7 cm

To provide a more tangible understanding of what 8.7 cm looks like in common objects, here are 15 household items whose length or height closely match this measurement:

  1. Smartphone: The height of a typical smartphone screen is about 14 cm, so half of its screen is a bit over 8.7 cm.
  2. Credit Card: Most credit cards are approximately 8.5 cm wide, which is very close to 8.7 cm.
  3. Teaspoon: The length of a standard teaspoon’s handle is roughly 8.7 cm.
  4. Lipstick: A typical tube of lipstick from base to tip measures around 8.7 cm.
  5. Dollar Bill: A US dollar bill is about 15.6 cm long, so just over half a bill measures around 8.7 cm.
  6. Golf Tee: The standard length of a golf tee is approximately 8.3 cm, very close to 8.7 cm.
  7. Sticky Notes: A standard square sticky note is 7.6 cm along each side, making our target measurement an easy visual estimate.
  8. Matchbox: A typical matchbox is around 5 cm long, but stacking a couple together end-to-end can reach close to 8.7 cm.
  9. Pen Cap: The cap of an average pen is about 6-9 cm long, placing some within this range.
  10. Key: A standard house key is usually about 8-9 cm long, fitting well within our approximation of 8.7 cm.
  11. Maus: Many computer mice are around 10-12 cm in length, so think of slightly less than the full length of the mouse.
  12. Light Switch: The broad length of a typical light switch is close to 8.7 cm.
  13. Book Spine: A small paperback book often has a spine measuring about 8.7 cm.
  14. Coffee Mug Handle: The handle on many mugs is about 8.7 cm, offering a good visual gauge.
  15. Flash Drive: Many flash drives are just about or slightly more than 8.7 cm in length.

Using an Online Unit Converter or Calculator

If you prefer not to convert manually, using an online unit converter provides a quick and accurate alternative. You simply need to enter the value in centimeters (8.7 cm) in the designated field, and the tool automatically displays the equivalent in inches. These converters are especially handy when dealing with measurements that require high precision or for converting a large number of values at once.