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UNITS(1)                    General Commands Manual                   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
                     * 2.540000e+00
                     / 3.937008e-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 lbs force/in2
              You want:  atm
                     * 1.020689e+00
                     / 9.797299e-01

       units only does multiplicative scale  changes.   Thus  it  can  convert
       Kelvin to Rankine, but not Celsius to Fahrenheit.  Most familiar units,
       abbreviations, and metric prefixes are recognized, together with a gen-
       erous 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  not  recognized as a unit of mass; lb is.  pound refers to a
       British  pound.   Compound  names  are  run  together  (for   instance,
       lightyear).   British  units  that differ from their U.S.  counterparts
       are  prefixed  thus:  brgallon.   Currency  is  denoted   belgiumfranc,
       britainpound, ...  For a complete list of units, type:

              cat /usr/lib/units

FILES
       /usr/lib/units

BUGS
       Do not base your financial plans on the currency conversions.



                               9 September 1987                       UNITS(1)