## A Conversation for Units of Measurement

### What's Wrong With Measuring Angles in Degrees?

Apollyon - Grammar Fascist Started conversation Nov 1, 2004

Really, who decided that the radian is the only valid unit for measuring angles, and why? Sure, it is useful in mathematics and some physics, but in other pyhsics and all of engineering, the degree is far simpler and more precise. At least there are a whole onteger of degress in a circle...

### What's Wrong With Measuring Angles in Degrees?

Cefpret Posted Nov 3, 2004

I only said in the article that *mathematically* it's the only legitimate unit for angle. The reason is that this leads to the most symmetric formulae.

As far as I know, the degree is totally allowed, too, but it is not part of the SI.

### What's Wrong With Measuring Angles in Degrees?

TRiG (Ireland) A dog, so bade in office Posted Nov 22, 2006

Degrees are really rather strange things. Gradiens are more intuitive, and radians make more mathematical sense. We're stuck with degrees through a quirk of history.

TRiG.

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