Seconds to Minutes Conversion

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Seconds to Minutes Conversion: Introduction

We use clocks everyday to read time. An analog clock is an instrument or tool used to measure time in which the hours, minutes, and seconds are indicated by hands on a dial. The second hand moves around the fastest and shows the number of seconds passed in the current minute.

The second hand takes 60 seconds to finish a complete rotation from 12 to 12. In 60 seconds, the minute hand moves from the one-minute mark to the next. This completes 1 minute.

Let’s go ahead to get detailed information about different units of time, conversion formulas, solved examples, facts, and much more.

Hours, Minutes, and Seconds: Different Units of Time

In the modern metric system, hours are the highest unit of time, followed by minutes and seconds. The three units of time are represented as:

Second

There are 60 seconds in 1 minute. In other words, a second is 1/60th of a minute. The symbol for second is s.

Minute

There are 60 minutes in 1 hour. In other words, a minute is 1/60th of an hour. The symbol for minute is min.

Hour

There are 24 hours a day. In other words, an hour is 1/24th part of a day. The symbol for hour is h.

What Is the Seconds to Minutes Conversion Formula?

The seconds to minutes conversion requires a simple formula. It is as follows:

1 minute $= 60$ seconds

So, 1 second $= 1/60$ minute

How to Convert Seconds to Minutes

Here’s how we do the seconds to minutes conversion:

Rule: Divide the number of seconds by 60 to convert seconds to minutes.

60 seconds makes 1 minute.

Now, given the “X” number of seconds, we divide the number by 60 to determine how many minutes have passed.

Example 1: Convert 300 seconds to minutes.

Use the above formula 1 Second $= 1/60$ minute.

300 seconds $= 300/60$ minutes $= 5$ minutes.

Hence, we can say that, if 300 seconds have passed, it means 5 minutes have passed.

Example 2: Many a time, we get the answer in decimals while converting seconds into minutes. This decimal indicates the number of seconds leftover. For instance,

7890 seconds $= 7890/ 60 = 131.5$ minutes

This means that there are 131 minutes plus an extra 0.5 of a minute.

0.5 of a minute $= 0.5 \times 60$ seconds $= 30$ seconds

Therefore, 7890 seconds $= 131$ minutes and 30 seconds.

Conclusion

There are 60 seconds in a minute, so converting seconds to minutes is fairly easy. Divide the number of seconds by 60 to get your answer. We hope you enjoyed this math lesson!

Solved Examples

1. How many minutes make 180 seconds?

Solution: The given number of seconds $= 180$

Divide 180 by 60.

So, 180 seconds $= 180/60$ minutes $= 3$ minutes

2. Convert 270 seconds into minutes.

Solution: The given number of seconds $= 270$

270 seconds $= (270 \div 60)$ minutes $= 4.5$ minutes

3. 1290 seconds $=$  __ minutes and __ seconds

Solution: 1290 seconds $= (1290 \div 60)$ minutes

111 seconds $= 21.5$ minutes

$0.5 \times 60 = 30$ seconds

So, 1290 seconds $= 21$ minutes 30 seconds.

4. Jack finished a short quiz in 126 seconds. Kyle finished it in 2 minutes. Who finished it first?

Solution: Let’s first convert 126 seconds into minutes.

126 seconds $= (126 \div 60)$ minutes $= 2.1$ minutes

So, 126 seconds $= 2.1$ minutes

Given that Kyle took 2 minutes to finish the quiz, Kyle finished the quiz first.

5. Raghav talked to his mother over the phone for 216 seconds. How many minutes did Raghav spend on the phone?

Solution: The given number of seconds $= 216$

Divide 216 by 60.

So, 216 seconds $= 216/60 = 3.6$ minutes

Hence, Raghav spent 3.6 minutes on the phone.

Practice Problems

1

70 seconds $= \underline{}$ minutes

1.166 minutes
1.4 minutes
7 minutes
1.11 minute
CorrectIncorrect
To convert 70 seconds into minutes, we divide 70 by 60
$= 7060$
$= 76$ minutes
$= 1.1666$ minutes
∴ 70 seconds $= 1.166$ minutes
2

Raj completed a lesson in 1020 seconds. How many minutes did he take to finish the lesson?

18 minutes
17 minutes
1.7 minutes
71 minutes
CorrectIncorrect
We know that 1 minute $= 60$ seconds
Therefore, 1020 seconds $= (1020 \div 60)$ minutes $= 17$ minutes
Hence, Raj took 17 minutes to complete the lesson.
3

Converting 564 seconds into minutes, we get

8 minutes 60 seconds
9 minutes
9.4 minutes
4.9 minutes
CorrectIncorrect
564 seconds $= (564 \div 60)$ minutes $= 9.4$ minutes
4

45 seconds $= \underline{}$ minutes

0.75 minutes
1.75 minutes
.5 minutes
2.75 minutes
CorrectIncorrect
To convert 45 seconds into minutes, we divide 45 by 60.
$45/60 = 3/4$ minutes $= 0.75$ minutes
Therefore, 45 seconds $= 0.75$ minutes

How do you convert minutes into seconds?

We know that 1 minute = 60 seconds. To convert minutes into seconds, multiply the number of minutes by 60 to get the number of seconds.

The seven units of time include a secondminute, hour, day, week, month, and year.

Multiply by 3600 to convert hours to seconds.

For instance, to convert 2 hours to seconds, we will multiply $2 \times 3600 = 7200$ seconds.

If you mean fractions of an hour, to convert it into minutes, we multiply by 60. This way, we get the fraction in hours or minutes.

To convert 12/5 hours to minutes, we need to multiply 12/5 with 60. We get $\frac{12}{5} \times 60 = 144$ minutes.

A minute consists of 60 seconds. Therefore, 30 seconds would be equal to $\frac{1}{2}$ of a minute.