RE: Please explain this phrase? (take II)
(who has no idea what the metric equivalents for more obscure English
units such as a rod or an ell might be)
It really isn't important to know the American/metric equivalents. It is more imporant to understand the concepts.
When I look at something, I make a judgement call: "This is about an inch long __________ "
So, when I look at the same thing with "metric thoughts", I make a similar judgement call: "This is about 3 centimeters long: _____________ "
As to the more obscure units -- if you can't think them in American, why worry about what the metric equivalent is? Unit conversion isn't about conversion as much as it is about learning to make good judgement calls.
Recovering math professor, who tried to teach these concepts to college students for many years.
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