# Speed of sound conversions

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## What is speed of sound?

The **speed of sound** is the distance traveled by a sound wave through an elastic medium during a period of time. In dry air at 20 °C (68 °F), the speed of sound is equal to 343.2 meters per second (m/s), the derived unit of speed in the International System of Units (SI). It is also equal to approximately 1,236 kilometers per hour (km/h), or 1,126 feet per second (ft/s), or 768 miles per hour (mph or mi/h), or approximately one mile in five seconds or about one kilometer in three seconds.

The speed of sound varies depending on the medium the sound wave travels. Specifically, the sound wave travels faster in liquids and non-porous solids than it does in air:

- The speed sound travels through water at 20 °C (68 °F) is about 1,484 m/s (i.e., nearly 4.3 times faster than in dry air at the same temperature)
- The speed sound travels through iron at 20 °C is about 5,120 m/s (i.e., about 15 times faster than in dry air at the same temperature)

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## Speed of sound conversions: direct links

A list with conversions from speed of sound to other (metric, imperial, or customary) speed and velocity measurement units is shown below.

- speed of sound to centimeter per second
- speed of sound to foot per hour
- speed of sound to foot per minute
- speed of sound to foot per second
- speed of sound to inch per hour
- speed of sound to inch per minute
- speed of sound to inch per second
- speed of sound to kilometer per hour
- speed of sound to kilometer per minute
- speed of sound to kilometer per second
- speed of sound to knot
- speed of sound to meter per hour
- speed of sound to meter per minute
- speed of sound to meter per second
- speed of sound to micrometer per second
- speed of sound to mile per hour
- speed of sound to mile per minute
- speed of sound to mile per second
- speed of sound to millimeter per second
- speed of sound to nautical mile per day
- speed of sound to nautical mile per hour
- speed of sound to speed of light
- speed of sound to walking speed