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Re: Terrible unit trouble in Mathematic 9

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  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
  • Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2012 05:01:42 -0500 (EST)
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This definitely seems to be an oversight (i.e., minor bug). What does work is:

  UnitConvert[Quantity[0.81, "Radians"], Quantity[1, "Degrees"]]

And, curiously, the following works:

  UnitConvert[Quantity[0.81, "Radians"], "Grads"]

(but the corresponding expression with "Mils" instead of "Grads" does not).

On Dec 21, 2012, at 5:39 AM, jsheinwald <jsheinwald at comcast.net> wrote:

> One problem with the UnitConvert command in Mathematica 9 is that it is not consistent.
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>
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> In[7]:= a = UnitConvert[Quantity[55, "Miles"/"Hours"], Quantity["Meters"/"Seconds"]]
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> Out[7]= Quantity[96800/3937, ("Meters")/("Seconds")]
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> Works.  But so does:
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> In[8]:= b = UnitConvert[Quantity[78, "Centimeters"/"Seconds"], "Inches"/"Minutes"]
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> Out[8]= Quantity[234000/127, ("Inches")/("Minutes")]
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> This, as expected works:
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> In[9]:= c = UnitConvert[Quantity[0.6, "Radians"], Quantity["Degrees"]]
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> Out[9]= Quantity[34.3775, "AngularDegrees"]
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> But this does not:
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> In[10]:= d = UnitConvert[Quantity[0.81, "Radians"], "Degrees"]
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> During evaluation of In[10]:= UnitConvert::unkunit: Unable to interpret unit specification Degrees. >>
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> Out[10]= UnitConvert[Quantity[0.81, "Radians"], "Degrees"]
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> There are some serious consistency problems with the way unit conversions are implemented in Mathematica 9.  The examples in the help files could use some improvement too.
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> On Wednesday, December 19, 2012 4:55:49 AM UTC-5, David Reiss wrote:
>> You need to get both the syntax right as well as the names of the
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>> units (which are strings).  E.g.,
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>>
>>
>> UnitConvert[Quantity[55 , "Miles"/"Hours"],
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>> Quantity["Meters"/"Seconds"]]
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>>
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>> Go back and spend a bit of time reviewing the documentation and
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>> working through the examples for the functions that are contained in
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>> the documentation....  ;-)
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>>
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>> --David
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>> On Dec 18, 2:35 am, tio54... at gmail.com wrote:
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>>> I continue to receive "Unable to interpret unit specification m/s" (for example, but almost anything I attempt returns this message) with input:
>>
>>> UnitConvert[55 mi/h,"m/s"] or UnitConvert[55 mi/h,m/s] or any other combination of quotes, omitted quotes, etc. Even the prediction/suggestion box, 
>> when I execute Quantity[55,"mi/hour"}, after it returns 55 mi/h, if I type in any combination of m/s, "m"/"s", "m/s", etc. into the box that opens when I select "Convert" in the prediction box yields the same "unable to interpret unit specification.
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>>>
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>>> What the heck????
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