How to Convert a Degree in Decimal Degree Form to Degree-Minute-Second Form

By Tim Banas; Updated April 24, 2017
Latitude and longitude can be expressed in degrees followed by decimal or by minutes and seconds.

Maps and global positioning systems can show latitude and longitude coordinates as degrees followed by decimals or as degrees followed by minutes and seconds. It can be useful to know how to convert decimals to minutes and seconds if you need to communicate coordinates to another person.

Multiply the Decimal by 60

Multiply the decimal portion by 60 to get minutes. For example, if you have a latitude of 60.6987 degrees, do the following calculation to learn how many minutes you have:

0.6987 x 60 = 41.922 minutes

Multiply the New Decimal by 60

Multiply the decimal portion of the minutes by 60 to get seconds. In the case of 41.922 minutes, the calculation would be:

0.922 x 60 = 55.32 seconds

Put the Answers Together

Put the minutes and seconds you calculated with the original number of degrees. In the example, 60.6987 degrees becomes 60 degrees 41 minutes 55.32 seconds.

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Tim Banas started writing professionally in 2009 after teaching high school science for seven years. He has since written and edited for various online publications including Demand Studios, FYILiving.com, Tree.com and BinaryOption.com. He has a Master of Science in biology from Southern Illinois University.