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units(1)							      units(1)

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     units - conversion	program

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     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
     generous 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.	Compound names are run
     together, (for example, lightyear).  British units	that differ from their
     U.S. counterparts are prefixed thus:  brgallon.  For a complete list of
     units, type:

	  cat /usr/share/lib/unittab

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