I came across this prolem at work, you can't calculate an area in feet using a calculator! You can't find the square route of 12 feet using a calculator, you can't work out anything remotely imperial!. The calculator in windows has a binary and hexidecimal number system, which no-one uses, surley we
can replace it with an imperial calculator?

Surely this idea works against the whole ethos of the imperial system. You should only be able to work these problems out using a pencil and paper in traditional fashion. Electronic aids are for mental weaklings.

Peter, most of the stuff i write is pretty boring, so my insane comments at the bottom of my half bakes are just to ad a bit of insane humour and largely i like to use square brackets.

if you take the squareroot of 12 on the calculator, that'll give you how many feet it is. Converting the decimal feet into inches shouldn't be that difficult.

I agree with MuddDog, there's no reason a normal calculator can't be used for calculations in imperial (or american) units; I've done it many times.

It would be handy to have a calculator that automatically keps track of units, so you could say "I want this in furlongs" and it would multiply by the correct factor. But that's a different idea (and baked, though perhaps not in a $19 drugstore device.)

Calculators operate on numbers. How is a number of an Imperial measure any different from a number of a metric measure? According to my calculator, root 12 is 3.464101615. [wiml]: You can add furlongs to whatever other linear measure you want. You just need to know the conversion factors (or have a calculator that incorporates them, as mine does).