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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Davidoc, Oct 27, 2002.
Does anyone how to convert miles to kilometers? Thanks!
Multiply with 1.609.
One kilometer is 1.6 miles I think..
Other way around.
1 mile = 1.609 km
1 km = 0.622 miles
get metric, dammit
Thanks alot Oysterman, Phreaky, and JMX!
This whole standard system still used in the US kinda sucks considering were the only one who use it.
Only in my dreams. The US system is the most ill concieved pile of crap ever. Metric saves me hours in physics.
EVEN english people converted to metric.
Try this program.
It'll convert from anything to anything.
[bursts into tears]
the metric system is the TOOL OF THE DEVIL!
I still don´t get why USA don´t change to metric sistem???????
:Uncle Sam Voice ON:
We´re the greatest country in the world, we keep our weird system!!!!!!
:Uncle Sam Voice OFF:
I´m just kidding, also I have A LOT of friends from USA, so don´t yell at me, or try to start the third world war with myself.
our hubris and failure to convert to metric will be our downfall.
i think we did try to convert to metric, but we failed miserably.
however, the metric system has a lasting legacy in our theme parks, along with american standard (of course). "must be 5 ft/2.4 m to ride..."
and while we're at it...SCREW CELSIUS. kelvin is the wave of the future.
I study Biology, and 95% of the time i use Kelvin as standard for temperature.
Celsius system is ok because cero (0º celsius) is the melting point of water, and since water is so vital to life on earth, it makes sense.
On the other hand, Kelvin is an ABSOLUT system, that means, ABSOLUTE CERO (0 K = -273 ºC) is the lowest temperature something could have, and is used primary in Science.
But, Farenheit, what sense makes it at all??????
Of course, it's french
That is so true. All we use in my classes that are even remotely related to engineering and science is the metric system. So easy. So logical. So beauti- um, logical.
What's funny about SI, though, is that they have yet to develop a universal standard for the kilogram. All the other measurments, like the second, can be measured the same in any portion of the universe. (The second being measured by the loss of electrons in the Cesium atom, or something to that effect.) The kilogram, on the other hand, is determined by an iron rod that is kept in a vacuum somewhere in France. Every year or few years (I forget- can you tell I paid attention in class?), the rod is taken out and weighed. What's funny, though, is that during that short period, the bar oxidizes ever so slightly, which means the "standard" for the kilogram changes every time it's checked. (That is, it gets lighter.) Not a lot, but when you're talking about the WORLD standard, you'd think they would have a better system.
Um, when it oxidizes, it's getting heavier...
From my 15 yo high school lessons, I remembered it was a bar of platinum, which would mean mass doesn't change.
Then again, I haven't checked recently, it's only from the top of my head.
I remember something about the meter rod too.
I thought the way it worked was that 1kg of water equaled 1 litre.
Bah, I like the US system for some things, and metric for others, I guess it's a Canadian thing. I don't understand miles or ºF very well, but I know my height and weight in feet and pounds, and everything I lift at the gym is in pounds.
Heavier, lighter, whatever. The important thing is it's changing. That was an error on my part.
You are right. It is platinum. Click here. I will ask my teacher about the oxidation thing. He mentioned briefly, and I will discover whether or not he was deceiving us impressionable students.