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Why do you think there are several different units within one system for representing the same characteristic? In other words, why does the English system use inches, feet, yards and miles to represent length?
Weegy: It can help with exact and precise measurements. For example, if we just had one unit of measurement but had to measure something tiny, the number would be the smallest decimal. It just makes it easy and exact. (More)
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The English system of measurement grew out of the creative way that people measured for themselves. Familiar objects and parts of the body were used as measuring devices. They use different units depending on the how long they have to measure. For example, people measured shorter distances on the ground with their feet. They measured longer distances by their paces (a "mile" was a thousand paces).
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Why do you think there are several different units within one system for representing the same characteristic? In other words, why does the English system use inches, feet, yards and miles to represent length?
Weegy: The system of measurements that we know as the English system did not come from England. Rather, it evolved over thousands of years from a variety of cultures all around the world. [ The main problem with early systems of measurement was lack of standardization, which was undoubtedly compounded by the vanity and arrogance of kings who ruled with absolute authority instead of compassion and common sense. Many early units of measure were named after and represent body parts. For example, the cubit, which is used extensively in the Bible, represented the length of the forearm or six handbreadths. But whose forearm is the standard of measure? To make matters worse, there were several different cubits. The Babylonian cubit, based upon the length of the forearm, ranged from 20.65 to 21.26 inches. The Egyptians, using six handbreadths, had two cubit measures, the Common and the Royal, which ranged from 17.70 to 20.64. The Hebrews also had two cubits, one of which was known as the common cubit and the other, which was one full handbreadth longer than common cubit. Many of the units of measure that are commonly used today have an interesting history. Consider the foot. The question that certainly arose was, "Whose foot should be used for the standard?" The obvious answer was, "The king’s foot!" Since the king’s actual foot could obviously not be used in the workplace, accurate representations of the king’s foot were needed. [Note: do you think this is why we call these representations "rulers"?] Several problems resulted from this. How accurate were these representations? How could this "foot" be subdivided to measure distances smaller than a foot? What happened to the "foot" when the king died, especially when the new king decided that his foot should be the new standard of measure for the foot? Can you imagine the problems that arose in the world of business of that day among kingdoms far and near, using the "feet" of different kings as their not-so-standard unit ... (More)
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A triangle cannot have more than one obtuse angle because the total internal angles of a triangle is equal to 180 degrees. An obtuse angle is an angle more than 90 degrees. If a triangle already has one obtuse angle (ex. 91 degrees), the other two angles sum must be less than 90 (ex. the other two angles would measure 45 and 44 degrees). In wrapping paper, you need the surface area of the box.
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16in to feet
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16 inches is 1 foot 4 inches or one and a third feet.
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85 milligrams how many grams
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85mg = 0.085000g
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12 yd to feet
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There are 3 feet in 1 yard, so 12 yards is 36 feet.
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