# Then go ahead and convert me

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Posted by Eins on July 13, 2002 at 09:04:04:

In Reply to: Re: this isn't quite a victory of the metric system posted by Jason on July 12, 2002 at 23:12:38:

Show me a few real-life examples where an imperial-derived system is easier to work with than metric, and you have converted me.

To illustrate my point, just look at the basic units between the US and the Metric system (I apologize if the formatting screws up):

The US System of Measurements
Length Area
12 inches = 1 foot 144 sq. inches = 1 square foot
3 feet = 1 yard 9 sq. feet = 1 square yard
220 yards = 1 furlong 4840 sq. yards = 1 acre
8 furlongs = 1 mile 640 acres = 1 square mile
5280 feet = 1 mile 1 sq.mile = 1 section
1760 yards = 1 mile 36 sections = 1 township

Volume
1728 cu. inches = 1 cubic foot
27 cu. feet = 1 cubic yard

Capacity (Dry) Capacity (Liquid)
16 fluid ounces = 1 pint
2 pints = 1 quart 4 gills = 1 pint
8 quarts = 1 peck 2 pints = 1 quart
4 pecks = 1 bushel 4 quarts = 1 gallon (8 pints)

Mass
437.5 grains = 1 ounce Troy Weights
16 ounces = 1 pound (7000 grains) 24 grains = 1 pennyweight
14 pounds = 1 stone 20 pennyweights = 1 ounce (480 grains)
100 pounds = 1 hundredweight [cwt] 12 ounces = 1 pound (5760 grains)
20 cwt = 1 ton (2000 pounds)

Apothecaries' Measures Apothecaries' Weights
60 minims = 1 fl.dram 20 grains = 1 scruple
8 fl.drams = 1 fl.ounce 3 scruples = 1 dram
16 fl.ounces = 1 pint 8 drams = 1 ounce (480 grains)
12 ounces = 1 pound (5760 grains)

The Metric System of Measurements

Length Area
10 millimetres = 1 centimetre 100 sq. mm = 1 sq. cm
10 centimetres = 1 decimeter 10 000 sq. cm = 1 sq. metre
10 decimetres = 1 metre 100 sq. metres = 1 are
10 metres = 1 decametre 100 ares = 1 hectare
10 decametres = 1 hectometre 10 000 sq. metres = 1 hectare
10 hectometres = 1 kilometre 100 hectares = 1 sq. kilometre
1000 metres = 1 kilometre 1 000 000 sq. metres = 1 sq. kilometre

Volume Capacity
1000 cu. mm = 1 cu. cm 10 millilitres = 1 centilitre
1000 cu. cm = 1 cu. decimetre 10 centilitree = 1 decilitre
1000 cu. dm = 1 cu. metre 10 decilitres = 1 litre
1 million cu. cm = 1 cu. metre 1000 litres = 1 cu. metre

Mass
1000 grams = 1 kilogram
1000 kilograms = 1 tonne

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