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#1 2008-06-05 16:06:00

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Unit Conversion Tool

I updated the Unit Conversion Tool using Flash.

Any good?  (... any bad?)


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#2 2008-06-06 02:24:03

simron
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Re: Unit Conversion Tool

It's great! I especially like the slider part for quick calculations.


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#3 2008-06-06 10:17:36

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Re: Unit Conversion Tool

Thanks, simron.

I have done my best to research the conversions, but there is always the risk of a mistake.

So if anyone would like to take the time to confirm any of the calculations, that would be good.


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#4 2011-11-30 14:59:20

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Re: Unit Conversion Tool

Testing out a new version.

Current version: Unit Conversion Tool

New Version: Unit Conversion Test

What do you like/dislike about each version ?


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#5 2011-11-30 15:26:07

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Re: Unit Conversion Tool

Hi MIF;

Nice idea for the slider on the new one.

Sometimes when I was using the Mass conversions the numbers in purple, next to the slider are missing their units.


In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.

I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.

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#6 2011-11-30 23:42:24

ganesh
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Re: Unit Conversion Tool

Hi MathsIsFun,

I think the newer version is elaborate and neatly presented.

Every possible detail has been incorporated.

I didn't find any error on the page.

The first version is good too; I think the information detailed in the higher version is much better.

Thanks!


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#7 2011-12-01 01:30:13

bob bundy
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Re: Unit Conversion Tool

Hi MathsIsFun,

I'm amazed!  I'm staggered!  It's not just good;  it's brilliant!

I'm checking the factors now.  (Well not quite now as I'm still typing this; but soon!)

Bob


You cannot teach a man anything;  you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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#8 2011-12-01 02:13:52

bob bundy
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Re: Unit Conversion Tool

hi again,

I've played with the conversions for half an hour.  The only thing I threw up was when I tried to mess around with LY, parsecs and AU along with fathoms and feet.  At this point I had 1 fathom = 6.00000002 feet.  So just a rounding error caused I suppose by the big numbers I had previously been using.  When I cleared and restarted the fathoms came out as expected, so I don't think this is a problem.  Anyone who uses a conversion factor and expects it'll be accurate at the 9th sig fig deserves what they get.

There are so many options, so I haven't done more than scratch the surface but here's what I checked:

accceleration
area
electricity (Provoked an interesting discussion with Mrs B about whether a coulomb should be on the same screen as a faraday.  So how much is one faraday she asked.  When I said 96521.9 coulombs she remembered.  Eh?  She didn't remember they measured the same thing but remembers the conversion value to 6sf.  Interesting!)
but have a look at
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/top … 98/faraday
energy
length
mass
power
temperature
time ( oh wow ... sidereal day!!)
velocity

All seem ok to me.  smile

And then I went to check degrees to radians . 

...........................................

Oh I'm so sorry.  sad

Bob

Last edited by bob bundy (2011-12-01 02:19:16)


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#9 2011-12-01 12:13:10

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Re: Unit Conversion Tool

LOL ... will add angles.

Thanks everyone!


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