The world of Measurements
Sub headline: Why conversions matter
Mathematics has always been puzzling. For those who deal with numbers, know the pain of calculations. Although Math has its own set of theorems and facts, it always gets tough when one is not well-versed in these rules. Even the basic calculations can get you pondering for answers. They say practice makes mathematics perfect but sometimes one just has to just rely on easy methods to get the work done.
The metric system was invented by an English Bishop, John Wilkins in the mid-17th century. Though the metric system was developed in parts, it was Wilkins who first introduced it. Later the metric system was named the decimal metric system. Now we have such effective formulas that make any calculation easy. The conversion processes involve changing one unit to another, keeping the mathematical functions intact.
Learning the conversion processes should have been fun in our school days but some of us might have forgotten those formulae over time. The ‘Length’ in mathematics plays an important role in our lives. We don’t count how many miles we traveled consciously but we do need it if we are dealing with some higher level mathematics. Similarly, you wouldn’t bother about ‘Feet’ until you find a question related to that pop up somewhere. How we calculate these measurements matters in the end because everything from the clothes that you wear to the distance that you traveled takes into account these calculations.
Here’s a list of the metric conversions that would help you real quick when you need them.
Meters to Feet:
1m is equivalent to 1.0936 yards or 39.370 inches whereas 1ft is equivalent to 1/3 of a yard.
Inches to Feet:
The British Standard Institute defined the inch as 25.4mm while the American inch is equivalent to 1/.03937mm.
Inches to Millimeters:
Millimeter is equivalent to one thousandth of a meter.