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surveying side of a ruler

surveying side of a ruler
by bk124tt on 12/17/05 at 14:11:16

please explain the surveying(tenths) side of a ruler vs. the feet/inch side of a ruler in practial usage pleeeeeease.

Re: surveying side of a ruler
by Robert Fogt on 12/19/05 at 07:50:00

Tenths are a way to easily write fractional numbers without having to use fractions.

For example, a ruler with tenths, if you have 7/10ths you would write it as 0.7

If you have a regular ruler and it is 7/16ths, that is 0.4375 in decimal.

Plus, adding tenths is easier.  Add 4.3 and 9.1 is easy, while adding 3 3/4th and 7 9/16ths is more difficult.

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