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Unit Conversion And the Convert Function

Issues Converting a measurement from one unit to another. E.g. tablespoon to cup Different measurement systems, e.g. American, Metric, British, Imperial, and etc.

History Customary units of measure (regional) – Anglo-Saxon and Roman – English Units (based for the US system) English Units Metric (1799) Metric Imperial System (1824) Imperial System – What is 1 chain? What is a stone? International System of Units (1970s) Example: 1 Cup comes in many sizes.Cup

Convert Function Convert Function in Excel can convert measurement (between the same measurement category) =CONVERT(number,from_unit,to_unit) =CONVERT(100, “tbs”, “cup”) Converts 100 Tablespoons in Cups. – 100: the amount (value) – “tbs”: Unit ID for Tablespoons – “cup”: Unit ID for Cups

Step-by-Step

Function Arguments

Straight Formula Method

Convert Unit ID Weight and Mass – Gram "g" – Pound mass "lbm" – Ounce mass "ozm" Temperature – Degree Celsius "C" – Degree Fahrenheit "F" Liquid Measure – Teaspoon "tsp" – Tablespoon "tbs" – Fluid ounce "oz" – Cup "cup" – U.S. pint "pt" – Quart "qt" – Gallon "gal" – Liter "l"

How to Enter a Fraction in Excel If you enter 1/4 in a cell, you may get 4-Jan as in January 4 th. Excel is trying to be a smart ***. Enter the value with 0 (zero) followed by a blank space, and then enter the value. e. g. 0 1/4 (don’t forget the blank space)

Challenges Converting between different measurement categories. E.g. From 1 Lbs of flour to cups Find the conversion factor – Wolfram|Alpha Wolfram|Alpha – E.g. ask “1 lbs of flour in cups”  26 fl oz – *26 will give how many fl oz for 1 lbs of flour – 1 fl oz = 1/8 cups (or 0.125) – So, =10*26*0.125 will give how many cups for 10 lbs of flour.

Conversion Online Tools OnlineConversion.com GourmetSleuth.com Cooks.com

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