Problem
Convert a value representing time in minutes into seconds
Time
When I enter a time in minutes and seconds (ie. 3.42) I need to be able to convert these to seconds.
Solution
ToNumber(Left([Minutes], ".")) * 60 + ToNumber(Right([Minutes], "."))
The Left function will return all the text up to but not including the period. In the example, that is 3. Since it is a text value, convert it into a number using the ToNumber function and then multiply the result by 60 to get seconds.

Do the same to extract the text after the period using the Right function. Finally, we add it up to get the total seconds -- in this case it should be 3*60 + 50 = 230 seconds.
Numeric
Use a text field to store the number (like 3.42) since three minutes and 42 seconds is not the same thing as 3.42 seconds.
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