Author Topic: Arithmetic that makes you cringe  (Read 17210 times)

Kim

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Re: Arithmetic that makes you cringe
« Reply #200 on: July 09, 2020, 05:23:31 pm »
IFF reader knows what a hectare is.

I'm not entirely convinced that anyone[1] knows what a hectare is.  It's one of those things you have to look up each time.... :)


[1] Apart from farmers and mistake agents.  And I'm sceptical about the mistake agents.
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Re: Arithmetic that makes you cringe
« Reply #201 on: July 09, 2020, 05:25:46 pm »
It's easy.  :-)

A hectare is about two and half acres, and an acre is a furlong long by a chain wide, as any fule kno.
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Re: Arithmetic that makes you cringe
« Reply #202 on: July 09, 2020, 05:28:49 pm »
IFF reader knows what a hectare is.

I'm not entirely convinced that anyone[1] knows what a hectare is.  It's one of those things you have to look up each time.... :)


[1] Apart from farmers and mistake agents.  And I'm sceptical about the mistake agents.
One hectare is a hect of ares
An are is a hect of square metres.
What could be simpler.


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Re: Arithmetic that makes you cringe
« Reply #203 on: July 09, 2020, 05:29:58 pm »
It's 1% of a square kilometre.
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fuaran

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Re: Arithmetic that makes you cringe
« Reply #204 on: July 09, 2020, 05:32:44 pm »
A hectare is about 1 rugby union pitch, including the bit behind the goals. Or a bit more than a football pitch.

Kim

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Re: Arithmetic that makes you cringe
« Reply #205 on: July 09, 2020, 05:33:08 pm »
IFF reader knows what a hectare is.

I'm not entirely convinced that anyone[1] knows what a hectare is.  It's one of those things you have to look up each time.... :)


[1] Apart from farmers and mistake agents.  And I'm sceptical about the mistake agents.
One hectare is a hect of ares
An are is a hect of square metres.
What could be simpler.

It's the hects that are the problem.  See also hectopascals.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

Arithmetic that makes you cringe
« Reply #206 on: July 09, 2020, 05:38:02 pm »
IFF reader knows what a hectare is.

I'm not entirely convinced that anyone[1] knows what a hectare is.  It's one of those things you have to look up each time.... :)


[1] Apart from farmers and mistake agents.  And I'm sceptical about the mistake agents.
One hectare is a hect of ares
An are is a hect of square metres.
What could be simpler.

It's the hects that are the problem.  See also hectopascals.
I think deci and deca are worse. Get those two the wrong way round would be a hectoblunder.


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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Arithmetic that makes you cringe
« Reply #207 on: July 09, 2020, 06:07:05 pm »
Better to write deka than deca. Not only is it more distinct from deci, but it preserves the Greek/Latin, hard going up/soft coming down distinction.

And what's the problem with hectopascals?
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Tim Hall

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Re: Arithmetic that makes you cringe
« Reply #208 on: July 09, 2020, 08:45:11 pm »
A hectare is about 1 rugby union pitch, including the bit behind the goals. Or a bit more than a football pitch.
I was going to write that. Before The Event we discussed the fires in NSW at Scouts. Got them to visualise a hectare by comparing it to a rugby pitch, then worked out how many are in a grid square. Then looked at a map of NSW. The largest fire was $scarynumber of hectares. A bit less than the size of Surrey, Sussex and Kent put together.
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