[amsat-bb] Re: Arecibo on 432 MHz Moon Bounce (some calculations)
ve9qrp at gmail.com
Fri Apr 23 04:30:07 PDT 2010
Just to add to this discussion of decimal separators, my Canadian
province of New Brunswick is bilingual, and therefore has overlapping
French-speaking and English-speaking school boards. Those in the
French schools and the 30% of the English who have opted to be taught
in French immersion express pi as 3,14, while in English education
they express it as 3.14. I always do a double-take when I see the
comma there in my kids' homework, but they are very comfortable with
using either system depending on the language of discussion.
On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 4:58 PM, Idle-Tyme <nss at mwt.net> wrote:
> Wow that's all messed up?
> I'm 52 and this is the very first time i have ever seen anything like
> this and i have been dealing with science worldwide all my life. wow.
> The Original Rolling Ball Clock
> Idle Tyme
> On 4/22/2010 1:14 PM, Sil - ZL2CIA wrote:
>> Idle-Tyme wrote:
>>> On 4/21/2010 8:25 PM, i8cvs wrote:
>>>>> Comma or no comma, shouldn't matter
>>>>> 1000 mega watts or 1,000 Mega watts is still one thousand million
>>>>> watts! NOT one thousands watts. true?
>>>>> The Original Rolling Ball Clock
>>>>> Idle Tyme
>>>> Hi Idle-Tyme
>>>> I don't agree with your statement:
>>>> 1000 mega watt are one thousand million watt
>>>> 1,000 mega watt or 1.000 mega watt is only one million watt because
>>>> zero after the comma means nothing like 1,0000000000000 is still
>>>> one million watt or 1 MW
>>> NO! it's a comma, not a decimal point! it's one thousand, one
>>> thousand written 1000 or 1,000 is still one thousand they are exactly
>>> the same.
>> That's only true in the English speaking world, and this is the cause
>> of the confusion in this debate.
>> In the Netherlands (and most of Europe), you would write one thousand
>> million watts as 1.000 megawatts.
>> The decimal indicator in Europe is a comma.
>> For example,
>> 1,5 means one and a half
>> 1.000.000 means one million.
>> (ex PA3HIL)
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