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Quick calculation

Letters

A level maths is hardly necessary for most chartered civil engineers. We surely only need an instinctive and immediate understanding of very simple calculations, for instance:

1 pint = 0.57 litres 8 pints = 1 gallon How many litres in a gallon?

I recall that I experienced a difficult CE problem many years ago and a machine operator remarked to me, 'If you find out something for certain, you might let me know.'

David Lyell, Lawnpark House, Spottiswoode, Gordon, Berwickshire TD3 6NQ

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