posted on Feb, 1 2009 @ 05:13 PM
There's no problem with converting in the english system either. It's all converting whether you're using meters or feet or any of that crap. You
have to convert either way. You're not just changing prefixes, you're also changing the entire number of the thing. You're not making any sense,
one minute you say you DON'T have to convert with metric and the next you're saying that you do. I'm done here. This obviously isn't going
anywhere because you just want to continue re-explaining how metric works. You're going around in circles and it's getting us nowhere. Come up with
a different point of argument and I might come and talk to you seeing as how you can't decide whether or not you convert with metric yet.
You say that you've used the metric system before but I am finding that increasingly hard to believe.
Why? Because if you did ever use metric, you'd know that you don't need to convert between units. Like the meter, the gram, etc. Changing meters
into kilometers, millimeters, etc. isn't changing the number or the unit; just the decimal point and the prefix. 5 meters will always have the number
"5" in it regardless of the prefix (millimeter, centimeter, etc.) but the decimal point will be in a different spot and there will be some zeros in
Come up with a different point of argument and I might come and talk to you seeing as how you can't decide whether or not you convert with metric
I'm saying that there isn't conversion between units, but there is conversion between prefixes (even though it really isn't conversion at all).
I'll repeat: there is no conversion with metric except for the prefixes, and even then it isn't really conversion at all.
There's no problem with converting in the english system either. It's all converting whether you're using meters or feet or any of that crap.
Sure there is. Could you figure out how many feet are in 4.9 miles in your head? Or the number of pints in 16 gallons? Not many people can. (And if
they can they are incredible mental mathematicians.)
If I'm using feet I can convert to over 15 different units; units that aren't related logically in any way. And that is pointless and superfluous.
Why have 15 different unrelated units for length when all you need is one?
[edit on 1-2-2009 by Totakeke]