Minutes to Seconds Converter

Created by Kenneth Alambra
Reviewed by Purnima Singh, PhD
Last updated: Jun 08, 2022

This minutes to seconds converter will be your companion if you want to learn how to convert minutes to seconds. There will be some special occasions when you need to do this.

Keep on reading to start learning how to change minutes to seconds.

How to convert minutes to seconds

Converting minutes to seconds is very easy to do. But first, you have to know by heart how many seconds are in a minute. The answer is: there are 60 seconds in 1 minute. In equation form, we express that as:

1 minute=60 seconds1\ \text{minute} = 60\ \text{seconds}

By dividing both sides of the equation by 1 minute, we get an identity expression stating that there are 60 seconds per 1 minute. To convert time from minutes to seconds, we simply multiply the time in minutes by 60 seconds per 1 minute, as shown in this equation:

tsec=tmin×60 seconds1 minutet_\text{sec} = t_\text{min}\times \frac{60\ \text{seconds}}{1\ \text{minute}}

where:

  • tsect_\text{sec} - Time in seconds; and
  • tmint_\text{min} - Time in minutes.

By performing this multiplication procedure, we cancel out the minutes unit and retain the seconds unit.

Example calculation

Let's say we want to know how long the Seasons of Love that Jonathan Larson wrote and composed is in seconds. This song is 2 minutes and 52 seconds (or 2.8667 minutes). By multiplying this time duration by 60 sec1  min\frac{60\ \text{sec}}{1\ \text{ min}}, we'll have:

tsec=2.8667 min×60 sec1 min=172.002 seconds172 seconds\small \begin{align*} t_\text{sec} &= 2.8667\ \text{min}\times \frac{60\ \text{sec}}{1\ \text{min}}\\\\ &= 172.002\ \text{seconds}\\ &≈ 172\ \text{seconds} \end{align*}

We can also only multiply 2 minutes by 60 sec1  min\frac{60\ \text{sec}}{1\ \text{ min}} to get 120 seconds, and add the remaining 52 seconds to have 172 seconds.

You can also quickly enter your time in minutes on our minutes to seconds converter. Our tool will automatically convert it to seconds for you.

Want to learn more about converting time from one unit to another? Here are our other time conversion calculators:

FAQ

How do I change minutes to seconds?

To change minutes to seconds:

  1. Understand that there are 60 seconds in 1 minute.
  2. Multiply the time in minutes by 60.

For example, a quarter of an hour, or 15 minutes is equal to 15 minutes × 60 = 90 seconds.

How many seconds are in 5 minutes?

There are 300 seconds in 5 minutes. We know that 1 minute is equal to 60 seconds; therefore, if we multiply 5 by 60 seconds, we will obtain its equivalent value of 300 seconds.

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