# How To Convert Inches To 16ths Of An Inch

The measurement 1/16 of an inch appears on measuring tapes and rulers to calculate dimensions that are too small to express in whole inches or larger fractions. The general formula for converting from a larger quantity to a smaller one is to multiply the larger quantity (inch) by the number of smaller units (16ths) per unit of the larger quantity.

### Step 1

Write down two values you want to convert from inches to 16ths of an inch, for example, 0.5 and 5.

### Step 2

Determine the number of smaller units per unit of the larger quantity. In this case, there are 16 units of smaller quantity (1/16 inch) in one unit of the larger quantity.

### Step 3

Multiply the larger-quantity amount by the number of smaller units per unit of the larger quantity. Multiplying 16 by 0.5 gives you 8, so 8/16 equals 0.5 inches. Multiplying 16 by 5 gives you 80, meaning 80/16 equals 5 inches.

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