The reason why most of the imperial system has used powers of 2 to divide its measurements (with the exception of 12, more on that later) is because when you cut with a saw or a knife, every time you cut, it makes 2 more pieces. With this line of thinking, it's no wonder the imperial system uses:
When you look at the link above, you'll probably notice the dozenal system has lots more 0's instead of other digits. This means it's easier to convert to other bases. Take for example, a 7/16. In decimal, that is 0.4375, 4 digits after the decimal point. Now in dozenal, 7/14 is 0;53, that's only 2 placements after the dit. Translating into binary we have 2 less digits to calculate.
Last Edit: May 20, 2015 21:44:42 GMT -8 by Buffoonery
It's useful that you bring up measuring cups on your website, if you label one of those in imperial you need 1/4 cup, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, and 3/4 because those amounts are often used in recipes. They can be used in fraction form, but it might make sense to people if each cup has markings like on a ruler, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6 cups or whatever (and maybe even rewrite the recipes in such a way), and something like 0.25 in decimal for 1/4 would need an extra marking. Due to common fractions, multiple of twelve bases would be best here. Now something like 2/3 of a teaspoon has no current convenient denomination lol, there are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon so manufacturing little spoons for 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, and 1/12 of a teaspoon would create efficient 36ths of a tablespoon, analogous to yards having 36 inches and 3 feet at the same time.
fcg710647: krisko - do you mean e as in Euler's number? Or E for el (dozenal eleven character)
Aug 21, 2018 8:50:40 GMT -8
krisko: #HI i seek the sequence (answer) for the following in dozenal: sq root of E
Jan 24, 2018 7:40:25 GMT -8
Buffoonery: @wendy If you want to write about Base 120, feel free to write all about it in the Centivigesimal folder I just created. I'll be interested to hear why you're interested in it!
Jul 26, 2017 23:33:54 GMT -8