## About Degrees Minutes Seconds to Decimal Degrees Converter

This tool converting Degrees Minutes Seconds (i.e DMS) to Decimal Degrees.
Degrees minutes seconds (DMS) are special type of units used for measuring angles, as an alternative to decimal way to stating the size of an angle. In a full circle there are 360 degrees.
Each degree is split up into 60 parts, each part being 1/60 of a degree. These parts are called minutes.
Each minute is split up into 60 parts, each part being 1/60 of a minute. These parts are called seconds.
The size of an angle could be stated this way: 40 degrees, 20 minutes, 50 seconds.

Symbols:
� : degree
' : minute
" : second

Directions abbreviations are:
S: South
W: West
E: East
N: North

To calculate decimal degrees, we use the DMS to decimal degree formula below:

Decimal Degrees = degrees + (minutes/60) + (seconds/3600)
Note: 1 minute is equal to 60 seconds. 1 degree is equal to 1 hour, that is equal to 60 minutes or 3600 seconds.

e.g.
9� 20' 28.88880" to 9.34136
76� 49' 51.78360" to 76.83105

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