Date: Fri, 03 May 2002 08:03:52 -0400

Author: Angela Plagemann

Subject: RE: units of measurement


Hi all,

> So the problem IS that when all odometers become metric, all the hard work
> that the county did to create the roads in a logical grid becomes useless.
> You odometer gives you precise information to find your way around the
> county. But if it reads in km, it's almost useless.

As a Canadian, I've always had an odometer in kilometers. I've never had a problem figuring out how far I've gone in the U.S. with my Canadian car. The speedometer is in both kilometers and miles. So, I have a
conversion chart right there on top of the odometer. It's not too hard to figure out how many kilometers there are in a certain number of miles. Besides, how precise do you need to be when you're driving a car in the country? If you make a rough conversion and drive that many kilometers, there's probably only one house in sight when you get there...


Angela Plagemann
Physics Demonstration Lab
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 936-2498