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Old 08-13-2016, 11:28 PM   #18581
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What errors converting fractions to decimal?
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Old 08-13-2016, 11:30 PM   #18582
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What errors converting fractions to decimal?
Comprehension errors?
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Old 08-13-2016, 11:32 PM   #18583
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Remember when I said people who are math challenged are the ones who need to count on their fingers and toes.......
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Old 08-13-2016, 11:34 PM   #18584
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In trade school here we use both systems. Since we get only a scientific calculator you have to keep track of what you're doing when converting to decimal feet and inches.

I like imperial in the field but metric on the final exams.
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Remember when I said people who are math challenged are the ones who need to count on their fingers and toes.......
And in their pants.
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If I have critical measurements I use metric, most of my tapes have both. I admit to being mathematically challenged but my skills lie elsewhere. It's much easier for me to half 86cm than 33 & 55/64th inches.
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Racist a...holes

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It's multiples of ten, not some arbitrary BS, 12 inches to a foot, 3 feet in a yard, a foot divided into 16, 5280 ft in a mile. Not to mention the errors when converting fractions to decimal inches in engineering...


1mm, 1cm, 1 meter, 1 km...
I guess that makes TOO much sence...


I give up.
You missed my point. I understand what the approaches are. They both are still based off an "arbitrary" base measurement, such as a foot or millimeter. The difference is how the base measurement is divided and multiplied to form larger/ smaller units. I was addressing your comment on the foot being arbitrary.
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The meter is as arbitrary as a yard.

The Imperial system was a natural and pragmatic development/ approach to the world. To divide a distance by two was easy, just double up the rope/string. To divide a weight measurement in half, take out equal parts and put on both sides of the scales. Dividing a length or weight into 10 units was, well, odd. It wasn't until the developing world established recognized base measurements, and then sought to make those easy to divide and multiply, that the metric system became useful.
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My Buildcalc app converts between the two so I'm all set.
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If I have critical measurements I use metric, most of my tapes have both. I admit to being mathematically challenged but my skills lie elsewhere. It's much easier for me to half 86cm than 33 & 55/64th inches.
Who the heck is measuring 33 55/64 out in the field. 33 7/8 light
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Who the heck is measuring 33 55/64 out in the field. 33 7/8 light
Depends, and not all my work is in the field. Heavy and light might be OK in framing but finish work requires more accuracy.
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Old 08-14-2016, 10:16 AM   #18597
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Depends, and not all my work is in the field. Heavy and light might be OK in framing but finish work requires more accuracy.
Light is 1/32, RCH is 1/64.

If I'm cutting and measuring I know where it falls on the tape and don't need the number. 1/3 the way into the 1/16" is fine by me when remembering the measurement. No need to get into specifics.

And I haven't framed in decades. So this light meaning 1/16" means nothing to me.
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We use light for 1/16" when framing, a hair in trim for 1/32" or so. Communication is what we're after on teams, not splitting grammatical hairs per globally accepted measurements.
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What is half of a centimeter? Technically, with fractions you could get as accurate as /128, or /256, or even smaller. How do you go that small with the metric system.

Are there terms for that? Don't know, just asking.

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.1, .01, .001mm

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