Originally Posted by nat_ster
We all hate metric.
A friend calls the metric side of a tape measure the french side. Lol
Not me! I'd prefer the world be SI (metric) over the arbitrary measurements of the imperial system and the US system.. Making everything base 10 is much easier for conversions. The problem is that only 90% of the world has adopted it and us North Americans live in that weird 10%. We still have some industries holding out on the metric system even in Canada. Lumber, steel, etc are still measured in inches and feet. Grocery stores typically measure in both systems.
Formula to convert 2834 milligrams to grams (milli = 1/1000, or 0.001):
2834 milligrams / 1000 = 2.834 grams
2834 milligrams * 0.001 = 2.834 grams
Formula to convert 2834 centimeters to meters (centi = 1/100, or 0.01):
2834 centimeters / 100 = 28.34 meters
2834 centimeters * 0.01 = 28.34 meters
Formula to convert 2834 pounds to tons:
2834 pounds * 0.0005 = 1.417 tons
Formula to convert 2834 US fl. ounces to US gallons:
2834 fl. ounces * 0.0078125 = 22.14063 US gallons
Which ones can easily be done in the ol' noggin?
Once you know the order of milli, centi, deci, deca, hecto, kilo, mega, giga, tera you're good to go. All base 10.
Most of you probably already know kilo, mega, giga, tera from the computer world.. Thats half way there!
Edit: Obligatory Oatmeal comic (he's American, btw