What is a Pace?Date: 02/28/2002 at 23:42:07 From: Tiffany Subject: Paces and standard unit of measurement What is the difference between a "pace" and the standard unit of measurement? Date: 03/01/2002 at 12:46:13 From: Doctor Peterson Subject: Re: Paces and standard unit of measurement Hi, Tiffany. A pace is any individual's step length, which depends on who is measuring, while any standard unit, such as a foot or a meter, has a fixed length that everyone agrees on (by buying rulers of that size), so that two people will give the same answer. On the other hand, according to the dictionary of units at http://www.unc.edu/~rowlett/units/ a pace is a traditional unit of distance equal to the length of a person's "full" pace, that is, the distance between two successive falls of the same foot. Thus one pace equals two steps. The Romans counted 1000 paces in a mile with each pace being a little over 58 inches (or about 148 centimeters). In English speaking countries, the pace is usually defined to be exactly 5 feet (or 152.4 centimeters); this unit is also called the great pace or geometrical pace. Obviously, a good metric equivalent for the pace is exactly 1.5 meters. So although the pace is not originally a standard unit, it CAN be treated as a standard unit (5 feet), and then what I said above is not true. - Doctor Peterson, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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