Metric/English

This one has me scratching my head. In Canada when it comes to distance and driving, It’s measured in Kilometers and KPH. But!! in Football measurments on the field are done in Yards. Why not Meters?

is the temperature in Canada measured in Celcius?

I think the world should use farenhitie(sp?) cuz when I think of 30 in C, I don’t think it’s hot, but 100 in F I think it’s hot!

Yes temperature in Canada is measured in celcius

Temp in F is just better! everything else in Metric is great!

Its just a matter of getting used to it.
I know that 90 is hot and so is 30.

I am, I just like F better!

but GEo has a more important question than me, so I’ll shut up now and wait for so one to reply to him.

They talked about it many times (going metric) but never went for it.
10 meters is almost 1 yard more and they figured it would change the game to much. There was even talk about 4 downs to make up the diff.

Still…4 downs for 10 meters would continue to make the Canadian game more difficult then the crap down here.

YA but 4 downs?
I’m glad they stayed with yards and 3 downs

good point

Well, the metric system is infinitely better than the imperial system, but I think the football field should stay in yards … in something like that, it is much, much easier than going to all the trouble to change it!

If you consider the dimensions, though, the field (excluding endzones) is about 100 metres (100.584m, exactly) by 60 metres (59.436m, exactly).

Granted, Canada is a fair ways away from being completely metric … we still refer to heights in feet and inches, and weights in pounds, in general. Technically (and formally), they’re done in metres and kilograms, but casually, they’re still in imperial units.

btw, celsius is SO much more logical than faranheit :wink: Of course, if you’re more used to one, it will be easier … but celsius is much more logical …

How so?

In celsius(?) water freezes at 0 and boils at 100
in Fahrenheit water freezes at 32 and boils at 212
0F means what? -10 means what?
-5C is 5 deg below the freezing point of water

I think that is a little more logical

I see

Also, when doing heat transfer calculations, for example, celsius fits perfectly with other metric units (like watts, for example). Since 1 degree celsius is the same as 1 kelvin, you don’t even need to do any conversions from celsius to anything else if you’re taking a difference in temperature. Basically, it all works out very, very nicely in the end. If you don’t want to take my word for it, I can show you when I’ve got more time :wink:

“Move those Metersticks” just doesn’t have the same “ring” to it.

Heh, yeah :wink: But it is really a matter of being used to something … if we’d started with “metresticks”, it wouldn’t be an issue … but you’re right, now that we’ve got yardsticks, it’s the only thing that will work :wink:

Metric is better. They’ve accomplished the change in track and swimming and some other sports. Us football fans are just as smart as fans of these other sports, so we would ajust to the change well.
Well, perhaps some of the oldtimers (I’m in that group too) might have problems, but the younger fans have learned metric in school and should not have any problems. :roll:

btw, celsius is SO much more logical than faranheit Wink Of course, if you're more used to one, it will be easier ... but celsius is much more logical ...
Each is as arbitrary as the other.

Fahrenheit when devising his system, set zero at the lowest temperature he could achieve and 100 at the average body temperature of a human.

Celcius set his freezing point at 100 and boiling point (of water) at zero - the reversal came about after his death.

But to keep this vaguely on topic:

Football, as in the Canadian and US games should forever and a day remain measured in yards, some sports [and othe things] just don’t translate well to a metric base.

Even soccer, field hockey and cricket have kept their original UK measures, though they’re now defined in terms of metric measures: ie soccer’s centre circle is 9.144 m (10 yds) in diameter, a cricket pitch is 2011.68 mm (22 yds) long and a field hockey 25 yard is now reckoned as 22.86 m.

Of the world’s football codes, only the 2 rugby codes [with the exception of the height of the goal cross bar and goal width] went truely metric.

Metric is better. They've accomplished the change in track and swimming
With the exception of the 1500 metre swiming and track and 100 metre track races, all other [major] track and swiming distances are the old English distances defined in metric terms and rounded down to the nearest 100 m: excepting the marathon which at 42 195 m has been rounded up (1.2 cm) to the nearest metre.

Well, all temperature scales are completely arbitrary. But the fact that there is an even 100 degrees - in either celsius or kelvin - between the freezing and boiling points of the most common liquid on earth makes celsius a lot more convenient, and a lot more relevant. If you see water freezing outside, you know it’s 0 degrees celsius … or 32 degrees F.
But when using a temperature difference in an equation that involves other units, celsius is a lot easier to use than faranheit, simply because it’s part of the metric system, and the metric system is a lot easier to use than imperial.
Also, the freezing point of water (at sea level) is always going to be the freezing point of water - 0 degrees celsius. Faranheit (the guy) chose the lowest temperature HE could get as 0 F. Some other guy could get an even lower temperature, choose that as 0, and make his own scale. Thus, celsius is much more universal.