UNITS(1) UNITS(1)
NAME
units - conversion program
SYNOPSIS
units
DESCRIPTION
Units converts quantities expressed in various standard
scales to their equivalents in other scales. It works
interactively in this fashion:
You have: inch
You want: cm
* 2.54000e+00
/ 3.93701e-01
A quantity is specified as a multiplicative combination of
units optionally preceded by a numeric multiplier. Powers
are indicated by suffixed positive integers, division by
the usual sign:
You have: 15 pounds force/in2
You want: atm
* 1.02069e+00
/ 9.79730e-01
Units only does multiplicative scale changes. Thus it can
convert Kelvin to Rankine, but not Centigrade to Fahren-
heit. Most familiar units, abbreviations, and metric pre-
fixes are recognized, together with a generous leavening
of exotica and a few constants of nature including:
pi ratio of circumference to diameter
c speed of light
e charge on an electron
g acceleration of gravity
force same as g
mole Avogadro's number
water pressure head per unit height of water
au astronomical unit
`Pound' is a unit of mass. Compound names are run
together, e.g. `lightyear'. British units that differ
from their US counterparts are prefixed thus: `brgallon'.
Currency is denoted `belgiumfranc', `britainpound', ...
For a complete list of units, `cat /usr/lib/units'.
FILES
/usr/lib/units
BUGS
Don't base your financial plans on the currency conver-
sions.
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