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Subject:Re: Arlen's comments From:Karen Kay <karenk -at- NETCOM -dot- COM> Date:Sun, 21 Aug 1994 23:09:35 -0700
I tried to respond to Arlen privately, and received an "unknown host"
error message. This response is based on Arlen's private response to
me, which I believe was a little more detailed than the public
Arlen P. Walker said:
> It requires simple math, which is taught in elementary schools first, and
> repeated over and over again.
It also requires memorization of a formula, which is only used for C/F
conversion. So it's not all that generally useful.
> But do you know the conversion factors? If you do, it's not at all hard to
> calculate the point of convergence:
I know the conversion formula, but NOT from using it on a daily basis.
(I did that for maybe a week when I was living in a country that used
C.) I learned it because this question has come up repeatedly on
another mailing list I'm on.
> Where American schools often fail is in teaching the
> simple principles need to get from the question to the formula to the
I don't disagree with this generalization, but I think you have chosen
a pretty poor example. Converting from C to F and vice-versa is just
NOT that useful. Well, maybe if you're using a foreign cookbook,
providing you don't have the ballpark number for that food in your