Re: Metric Time (was Re: Why not 13 months? (Was La Systeme Metrique))
Alan Braggins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon, 16 Oct 1995 10:16:05 GMT
In article <email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert A. Uhl) writes:
> I could. It was done at one time. The problem is that the units
> are no longer taught. I bet that a foot-pound is one pound applied
> over a square foot, although I'm not sure. Units in physics really
> don't matter; I could do physics in any units imaginable.
You don't think being able to tell the difference between torque
(foot-pounds) and pressure (pounds per square foot) might be useful?
> And horsepower is only used for engines, like candlepower is for
And BTU is only used for heat supplied by gas burners. So if you want
to work out what size engine you need to run a generator to replace
a burner, you need three different units for power.
> Horsepower is the pulling power of one horse.
Except of course that it isn't. It was a deliberate underestimate.