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- They tried to decimalize time, but people didn't understand it (or it was considered too big a change).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_timeJun 22, 2012
- Yuan Gao+3You've missed the point, to do the calculation in imperial you'd have to apply conversion factors of 5280 feet per mile, 2000 lbs per ton, and 0.083333... feet per inch to get all the units to a point where you can actually perform the calculation. Whereas the same calculation involving metric units of km/h, tonnes, mm and Nm, you just do the calculation and then you can instantly see that km and mm cancel out in terms of scale when working in metres; and tonnes is a thousand times bigger than SI kg, and Nm is already SI; but true you do need to throw in a conversion between seconds and hours too, but not having to deal with all the other weird conversion factors speeds up the calculation greatly.Jun 22, 2012
- What's with 1000 Milli secs in a second then 60 secs in a min ,60 mins in an hour,24 hours a day,365 days in a year ,then back to a nice round decades centuries and millennia??Jun 22, 2012
- There is a unit for fractions of a second. It is called a third, as in third division of an hour. There are 60 thirds in a second.Jun 22, 2012
- maybe you are missing my point.
All I'm saying is just because the conversion factor isn't a factor of 10 doesn't make it any different. You still need to convert your units.
Your example with the cancelling out doesn't apply to me as I am useless without a calculator/computer. I would still convert every unit before starting the calculation.
If you frequently use imperial units, you know what the conversion factors are.Jun 22, 2012
- Ok, I agree that you'd convert every unit before calculation, but are you saying that it's just as easy to multiply by 1/12 or 5280 than it is to multiply by 10, 100 or 1000?
For example if I needed to calculate something involving 34mm in SI units, I will often just punch in 0.034 into a calculator without thinking about it. Or 94.5kW I'll just punch in 94500.
If you frequently use imperial units, you may know what the conversion factors are, but you're still going to have to expend some time multiplying out these factors; but if you frequently use metric units, you can just shift decimal points around without doing any calculation.
If you're used to doing imperial unit conversions, then I'm not saying you should switch here and now, but the most important point here is very much related to the original post from (and here I am playing the "think of the children!" card): if there is this great new metric system in the world that is internationally accepted and endorsed by the global scientific community, easier to learn, less illogical than imperial units, and doesn't require memorising conversions, why then would you teach your kids only imperial units?
Put it in your analogy: if you were a non-English speaker, why would you teach your kids only Latin instead of English? They're both languages sure, but one of them is used internationally, and the other has unnecessary (considered today compared to most modern languages) verb conjugations to memorise, that is only really useful in certain places. (Truth be told, English isn't the most logical of languages either).Jun 22, 2012