>Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2000 17:30:55 -0500
>From: "Frank Teuton" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: cubic centimeters in a liter
>Douglas Hinds said:
>>The metric system of course is based on water. One liter of water is a
>>kilo at sea level and measures 10 cubic centimeters,
>Gong! Try 1000 cubic centimeters, or milliters, as they are also known....
>Frank Teuton----only wakes up for errors over an order of magnitude....:-)
In order to talk to non metric folks or to understand what they are saying, I use a clever little program in my computer that is called "Convert" and is distributed as shareware by a company called Fifth Wave in CA (415) 237-0202.
I got it from the download site of ZDNet. I am a Mac user though, but for those in the PC (under)world, there might be something similar for you too.
A program like that for sure will end your kilometrical miseries, it has ended ounces (avoir) of mine.
BTW Douglas the metric system is based on the "Metro" a length unit (3.280839895 feet) which platinum made standard is somewhere in a museum in Paris and represented 1/10000000 part of the meridian runing from the north pole to the ecuator. I said "represented" because the measurment of the meridian was latter found to be wrong. Now the Metro is defined as a decimal (base 10) fraction of something a bit more complex and electronic. Can't remember what it is though. A cubic meter is a cube with its sides measuring 1 meter each and a liter is just 1/1000 of a cubic Metro: 1 dm3, 1000 cm3 and 1000 mililiters. Accordingly, the kg was derived from the liter, (and not the other way around as you said above) and therefore also derived also from the Metro. One kilogram (1000 grams) is the weight (mass) of one liter of distilled water, in vacum, at 4 degrees centigrades (celcius) (39.2 F)
Guillermo Romero Ibarrola
Comala, Colima, MEXICO
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