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15/1/2021 at 4:27pm
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Quote: Originally posted by jsparkes201148 on 15/1/2021
I was a Maths teacher for many years, teaching the four operations in different number bases was a challenge. Just as it was learning how to do ir when i was a child.
When subtracting £ S and D you would have to “ borrow” 12 pence from the Shillings column and 20 shillings from the £ Column.
With Stones Pounds and Ounces you would be “borrowing” 16 or 14.
Miles, furlongs, chains, yards involved 22, 8, 10.
And that was just subtracting, had to add, multiply and divide in many bases too.
It all formed a good base for understanding.




There are 22 yards in a chain so 2x11, although there are 10 chains in a furlong


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All those complicated calculations that had to be made pre decimal days. I don't know how the Victorians managed to accomplish so much. Look how much better we have done since we went decimal.


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Maths done the long way,not sure when log tables etc were invented.
A chap called Babbage invented a mechanical calculating machine which was pretty effective.
Victorians did go for heavy engineering, better safe!

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Knowing that 3.142 is the circumference of a circle, would that be imperial measurement or metric?
As it's 3 decimal places it must be imperial but the Romans must have had the answer, far earlier than Victorian times.


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John Napier invented logarithms in 1614 Mirifici Logarithmorum Canonis Descriptio


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Quote: Originally posted by tango55 on 15/1/2021
Knowing that 3.142 is the circumference of a circle, would that be imperial measurement or metric?
As it's 3 decimal places it must be imperial but the Romans must have had the answer, far earlier than Victorian times.




3.142 is pi which is used to multiply the radius to calculate the circumference of a circle. The radius can be either metric or imperial.




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Pi is a the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of any circle. It does not have units.

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Pi is a the ratio of the circumference to the diameter of any circle. It does not have units.It is a mathematical constant.
Oops double post sorry finger trouble

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I picked up a modern maths GCSE text book in a charity shop recently, and opened it assuming it would be really easy compared to when I did GCE`s in 1970 - - it wasn`t!


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We didn't have calculators when I did mine in late 60s.

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All this talk of Pi reminds me of a ghastly twee cartoon used at my high school, called QT Pi, featuring a blonde who looked a bit like Tinkerbell, as far as I can remember. As a way to make Maths interesting it failed. Ugh. As for decimalisation, I was at college when it happened but I can't remember how it all went! I do know my grandsons (8 & 10) tend to glaze over a bit when I try to explain the old currency and measuring systems to them.

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And we still have milk in pint bottles long live pound and ounces They still use in the shops nearby


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And pints of beer.. even if it is 500ml.


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I'm not sure maths is easier these days. Counting in tens is easier but my 8yr old grandson had an online maths lesson involving.
Quotion, dividend, divisor and factors. All based about 20 squares on a page.
It baffled me but luckily hubby is a Chartered Civil Engineer (old school) pre decimalization to now and delivered extra maths in school with high achieving Yr 5&6 pupils (until Covid)
Grandson said Grandad can help with Maths and Grandma can do the History, cos it's Stone Age (Haha I know my place)
We had to childmind as his Mum had a 35 mile round trip to ahospital appointment with the little one which she found had been cancelled but no one had told her. FURIOUS is an understatement,


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Back in the early 70's I went to a Parent's evening with the teacher. My son's teacher said he wasn't getting on too well with Binary so I asked her to explain.

She did this quite well until I told her, "I don't bloody understand what you're on about, so why should I expect him to?"

I never got invited back.

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I was brought up on imperial and then did my college years in the changeover period in the early seventies.
Later in life and up to retirement I worked in a power station and all the older larger plant was imperial and for a time we were american owned so not so hard pressed to change. then as smaller plant was replaced only metric was available so we had the full mix right up to closure in 2016.

I fitted right in!



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