[amsat-bb] Re: Arecibo on 432 MHz Moon Bounce (some calculations)

Bruce Robertson 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.

73, Bruce

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.
> Joe
> The Original Rolling Ball Clock
> Idle Tyme
> Idle-Tyme.com
> http://www.idle-tyme.com
> 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
>>>>> Idle-Tyme.com
>>>>> http://www.idle-tyme.com
>>>> 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.
>> Sil
>> (ex PA3HIL)

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