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# Thread: Any tricks to thinking in meters than feet

1. I used to play a bit of golf so yardage is pretty easy for me. Guesstimate and accommodate for those few inches and stop down.

2. Originally Posted by Newt_on_Swings
I used to play a bit of golf so yardage is pretty easy for me. Guesstimate and accommodate for those few inches and stop down.
As a target shooter for 40~ years, yards are ingrained in my brain for any distance over 12 1/2 or so fathoms.

3. Originally Posted by Steve Smith
But has it [the metric system] ever been used?
Of course. It's used every day throughout the country.

Drugs are sold by the cc or the kilo. High-dollar commodities.
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Modern machine tools can work in either metric or imperial interchangeably, at the press of a button.

Modern mechanical drawings normally have dimensions in both systems for the convenience of the reader.
One system is stated as being the nominal, with the other being informational.

- Leigh

4. To answer the original question...

Just figure one meter = three feet. Close enough, and within the tolerance of any lens distance scale.

That approximation is only short by 10%, so add 1 foot for every 10 feet.

- Leigh

5. The international definition of the inch is exactly 25.4 milimeters.
Therefore, by extension, if you are measuring in inches, you are still using milimeters. It's only a conversion factor that sets the two apart.

Even in countries that have supposedly standardized on one system or another, they still use measurements interchangeably. In Canada, you buy gasoline by the liter but you buy milk by the gallon. You might quote the air temperature in degrees Celsius but, when you bake a cake it will be in degrees Fahrenheit.

6. Originally Posted by Worker 11811
Even in countries that have supposedly standardized on one system or another, they still use measurements interchangeably. In Canada, you buy gasoline by the liter but you buy milk by the gallon. You might quote the air temperature in degrees Celsius but, when you bake a cake it will be in degrees Fahrenheit.
We buy milk by the litre. I haven't seen half gallons of milk in Canada for decades. Besides, our gallons were different from yours (4.3L Imperial versus 3.8L US).

Ovens are still in Fahrenheit, but mostly because American companies are too lazy to make them dual-scale.

7. Sometimes meters are in feet.

Well, foot-candles.
Which always gives me an amusing visual.

8. Originally Posted by Worker 11811
The international definition of the inch is exactly 25.4 milimeters.
Therefore, by extension, if you are measuring in inches, you are still using milimeters.
It's the other way round. Inches existed before millimetres. It is the inch which defines the millimetre by stating that 25.4 of them will fit into one inch.

Steve.

9. Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh
Haaa!! Only 650 lbs! 5.3 meters! See, learning these meters too...

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