Re: Metric Time (was Re: Why not 13 months? (Was La Systeme Metrique))
13 Oct 1995 00:19:48 GMT
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com says...
>In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Whittet <Whittet@shore.net> wrote:
>]Because metric intervals require steps of ten times the previous value,
>]whereas English measures allow a choice of proportions, the English measures
>]are actually much easier to use in practical reckonings.
> "much easier to use in practical reckonings" ? Then, I expect,
> you'll have no trouble telling me how many pints are in one
> cubic foot ?
actually that isn't too difficult
I cubic foot is 12 x 12 x 12 = 1728 cu inches
in the US 1 dry pint = 33.6 cu inches
and 1 liquid pint 28.875 cu inches
I believe the pint was originally part of
an octagonal system with the value 32 cu inches
in which case there would be 54 in a cu foot.
1 pipe = 32,768 cu in
1 hogshead = 16,384 cu in
1 barrel = 8,192 cu in
1 bushel = 2,048 cu in
1 keg = 1,024 cu in
1 pail = 1,024 cu in
1 quart = 64 cu in
1 pint = 32 cu in
1 cup = 16 cu in
1 gill = 8 cu in
1 jack = 4 cu in
1 handful = 2 cu in =1 oz
1 tablespoon = 1 cu in