Metric VS Imperial (in Debates)

Admiralkiller November 8 2009 1:11 PM EST

Metric just seems easier. I would vote for metric
Does anyone have a chart/charts for comparison.Lineal, liquid, Temperature e.g. 1000meters = 1k......9SQ feet = 1SQ yard

AdminShade November 8 2009 1:14 PM EST

1 inch = 2.54 cm
1 foot = 30 cm (I believe)
1 mile = 1.6 km

Those are the only ones I know about and sometimes use.

Lochnivar November 8 2009 1:20 PM EST

temperature is the only real pain for conversion
-40C = -40F
0C = 32F
100C = 212F

Distance, volume, etc, are all fairly easy to ballpark (at least for me).

I prefer metric but will often times use imperial ie. 5'11" tall, a pint of beer (opposed to 178cm and 590ish ml)

Meh, I don't really care which you use so long as you know both.

TheHatchetman November 8 2009 1:24 PM EST

I will forever call them miles, feet, ounces, and soccer!

AdminShade November 8 2009 1:39 PM EST

Loch: practically a pint is anywhere between 400 ml and 500 ml (in pubs I know who serve a pint)

disclaimer: this does not include irish pubs though.

bartjan November 8 2009 1:44 PM EST

What kind of mile?
Roman Mile (1480 m), Scottish mile (1814.1577 m), Sea mile (1828.8 m), Nautical mile (1852 m), Geographical mile (1853.184 m), Irish mile (2048.2524 m) or Arabic mile (2162.048 m)?

It's a good thing that there's just 1 meter...

AdminShade November 8 2009 1:46 PM EST

bartjan, what about the statute mile of 1,609.344 meters ?

Lochnivar November 8 2009 1:49 PM EST

I was going with the british 20oz pint, not the pansied american 16oz pint... (I was off by about 20mL, but meh, I said ballpark)

That is the other problem with Imperial measures.... there are two versions.
For example:
1gal = 4.5L (uk version)
1gal = 3.78L (US version)

In the metric system 1 L = 1 L no matter which backward nation you reside in.

behold the perils of two measuring systems

iBananco [Blue Army] November 8 2009 1:49 PM EST

Good thing everybody knows exactly how far light travels in 1/299,792,458 seconds!

bartjan November 8 2009 1:50 PM EST

reputedpint: Definition: 1|2 reputedquart = 0.00037884083 m^3
irishpint: Definition: 1|2 irishquart = 0.00044572582 m^3
winepint: Definition: 1|2 winequart = 0.000473174 m^3
pint: Definition: 1|2 quart = 0.00047317647 m^3
uspint: Definition: 1|2 usquart = 0.00047317647 m^3
drypint: Definition: 1|2 dryquart = 0.00055061047 m^3
brpint: Definition: 1|2 brquart = 0.00056826125 m^3
alepint: Definition: 1|2 alequart = 0.00057764099 m^3
beerpint: Definition: 1|2 beerquart = 0.00057764099 m^3
scotspint: Definition: 1|2 scotsquart = 0.0016944791 m^3

Admiralkiller November 8 2009 1:51 PM EST

Here is a chart for metric prefixes

Behind each prefix you can add....

Liter=Amount of liquid

*Note each prefix is to the power of ten.

Here is a chart for Imperial Measurements

*Note how it appears that from one measurement to another there is no logic to it.

/me thinks a drunk person made the imperial and a Scientist made the Metric.

AdminG Beee November 8 2009 1:52 PM EST

The trouble I have is that I go to the pub for a pint after visiting the petrol station and sticking 50 liters of fuel into the car. I usually stick to the 30mph speed limit in built up areas. I'm 6ft 2" tall and hit my drives about 270 yards at the course on an average round. I just finished some garden work a few weeks ago and needed 3 x 5 meter rolls and a ton bag of red chips. If it's hot working in the garden then there's a good chance the temp is in the mid to high 70's farenheit. I usually get out of the sun and grab myself a cup of tea which is only at it's best if the boiling water (~100 celsius) is poured directly onto the tea bag before the milk is put into the mug

My kids come home from school and don't bother asking for help with their homework if we're talking units of measure... That's the trouble with having the majority of my schooling during the 70's in the UK - I'm totally screwed up as I was taught to use neither one nor the other. I'm not joking about any of the above either and would always use them in the context I've mentioned.

Lochnivar November 8 2009 1:55 PM EST

Thanks Bartjan,
You have clearly illustrated the dangers of going down to the pub for a few pints with G_Beee.

Cube November 8 2009 2:06 PM EST

Imperial measures, often just give nicer numbers for everyday use.

Reason I love miles: at 60 mi/hour that's 1 mile/minute, perfect estimate for highway driving.

Everyone in the world still uses hours right?
Feet give high in a nice set of numbers for a human's height, as do Stone for weight, but for some reason in the US we use lbs for weight.
For table top items, inches are a good measure also.

All these things give convenient numbers from 1-10ish for what they are used for. I'm not saying metric isn't much easier to work with for science, but the Imperial system is not without it's merits.

Cube November 8 2009 2:11 PM EST

*(typo)Feet give a nice set of numbers for a human's height, as do Stone for weight, but for some reason in the US we use lbs for weight.

bartjan November 8 2009 2:23 PM EST

Speed limit on the highway is 120 kilometers per hour, or 2 kilometers per minute. In miles, that would be about 1.2427424 miles per minute. How's that a nice round number? :)

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] November 8 2009 3:25 PM EST

"Speed limit on the highway is 120 kilometers per hour"

You're British right? If so, dang you brits drive fast. The fastest we can go is 70mph (As far as I have seen and I've been in all states but like 3), compared to the around 75mph that is.

bartjan November 8 2009 3:33 PM EST I'm from the Netherlands...

bartjan November 8 2009 3:39 PM EST

Oh, and I'm just a 15 minute drive away from the German A31 Autobahn, which does not have a speed limit :)

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] November 8 2009 3:55 PM EST

Man, I wonder what states has the speed limit of 75 and 80 on their interstate....

AdminShade November 8 2009 3:55 PM EST

"...If so, dang you brits drive fast. The fastest we can go is 70mph..."

70 miles per hour is 112.5 km/h, not that much slower than 120 km/h really.

Brakke Bres [Ow man] November 8 2009 5:34 PM EST

No speed limit for trucks in the US? Glad I'm not driving on your roads

adampurkis November 8 2009 6:34 PM EST

speed limit in england is 70MPH anyway..

Cube November 8 2009 9:28 PM EST

"No speed limit for trucks in the US? Glad I'm not driving on your roads"

In most of the US, trucks can only go 55 mph.

Cube November 8 2009 9:49 PM EST

Okay, well depends where you are in the US... , but in most places where it exists it's about 10 mph under the speed limit. When I said 60 mph, I was estimating.

But honestly Henk, what gave you that idea?

DoS November 8 2009 9:56 PM EST

In the above post, I must say that Texas got messed up. Haha
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