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03-16-2014, 05:18 AM
 Location: Finland 6,319 posts, read 5,267,330 times Reputation: 10156

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 Originally Posted by LIRefugee Don't confuse accuracy for precision. All systems of measurement are equally accurate so long as they are internally consistent. Accuracy is more a determinant of the skill of the measurer than it is the efficacy of the measurement system itself. I think what people are getting at is precision: a single degree Fahrenheit has a greater precision than a single degree Celsius due to the lesser magnitude between individual degrees in the Fahrenheit system. However, the use of decimals allows any measurement to be as precise as the measurement tool allows. 56 degrees F is more precise than 13 C, but 13.3 C is more precise in turn, 56.1 more precise still, and so on.
Ah yes, precision is the correct term, that slipped my mind. Both Fahrenheit and Celsius are precise, we use decimals when we want to know the precise temperature. In casual conversation using the whole number, although slightly less precise, is good enough to know how hot/cold it is.

03-16-2014, 09:44 AM
 Location: Mishawaka, Indiana 6,271 posts, read 8,440,233 times Reputation: 4709
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 Originally Posted by Natsku Ah yes, precision is the correct term, that slipped my mind. Both Fahrenheit and Celsius are precise, we use decimals when we want to know the precise temperature. In casual conversation using the whole number, although slightly less precise, is good enough to know how hot/cold it is.
Agreed. 63 degrees Fahrenheit is more precise and easier to use than stating that it's currently 18.3 degrees Celsius. I really do not understand the fascination with Celsius.

03-16-2014, 10:15 AM
 Location: Finland 6,319 posts, read 5,267,330 times Reputation: 10156
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 Originally Posted by ColdAilment Agreed. 63 degrees Fahrenheit is more precise and easier to use than stating that it's currently 18.3 degrees Celsius. I really do not understand the fascination with Celsius.
How is it easier? Its not really difficult to say "point 3" after a number... And its not more precise. I don't really understand the fascination with keeping Fahrenheit when most of the world uses Celsius.

03-16-2014, 10:24 AM
 Location: Leeds, UK 22,198 posts, read 22,533,789 times Reputation: 8561
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 Originally Posted by ColdAilment Agreed. 63 degrees Fahrenheit is more precise and easier to use than stating that it's currently 18.3 degrees Celsius. I really do not understand the fascination with Celsius.
Nobody says 'it's eighteen-point-three degrees Celsius' - just 'it's eighteen degrees'. I could claim Fahrenheit is too precise. 63F = 17.2C. 64F = 17.7C. Is that precision really necessary? Who will notice the difference between 17.2C and 17.7C?

03-16-2014, 10:26 AM
 Location: Finland 6,319 posts, read 5,267,330 times Reputation: 10156
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 Originally Posted by dunno what to put here Nobody says 'it's eighteen-point-three degrees Celsius' - just 'it's eighteen degrees'.
I say point whatever if I want to be precise, and when I check the temperature it says point whatever but casually obviously I'd just say eighteen degrees which is precise enough anyway.

03-16-2014, 03:06 PM
 Location: Vancouver 11,508 posts, read 7,936,265 times Reputation: 6554
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 Originally Posted by ScoPro Most importantly our booze bottles are metric.
Another thing that people my age haven't changed our lingo on. We still say a " twenty-sixer " when referring to a 750 ml bottle.

03-16-2014, 03:13 PM
 Location: Vancouver 11,508 posts, read 7,936,265 times Reputation: 6554
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 Originally Posted by iNviNciBL3 How many things do we measure in a normal day? only thing i need to use measurements is when i'm cooking or when i'm looking up the weather.... both of which i can easily choose to use imperial or metric measurements. My measuring cup has Cups, Quarts, Liters and Milliliters. my weather app shows both F and C
Don't forget though, that your measuring cups aren't using the same Imperial measurement that Canada and the UK use/used.

1 US quart is equal to 1.2 imperial quarts and so on.

03-16-2014, 04:09 PM
 Location: The South 4,599 posts, read 3,215,635 times Reputation: 6739
When are all the metric countries going to metricate time?
1 second
60 seconds = 1 minute
60 minute = 1 hour
24 hours = 1 day
7 days = 1 week
52 weeks = 1 year
100 years = century

As soon as you take care of this the USA will follow you.

03-16-2014, 04:43 PM
 Location: Vancouver 11,508 posts, read 7,936,265 times Reputation: 6554
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 Originally Posted by Southern man When are all the metric countries going to metricate time? 1 second 60 seconds = 1 minute 60 minute = 1 hour 24 hours = 1 day 7 days = 1 week 52 weeks = 1 year 100 years = century As soon as you take care of this the USA will follow you.
Give me a millisecond, and I'll get back to you.

03-16-2014, 04:52 PM
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 Originally Posted by Natnasci Give me a millisecond, and I'll get back to you.

Ouch.

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