Asked in Length and DistanceAncient Egypt
Length and Distance
How did Egyptians use the cubit?
What did ancient egyptians use instead of rulers to measure things?
Asked in Units of Measure, Length and Distance
Why can't we use cubit as a standard unit of length?
We could, but first we'd need to determine how long a cubit is, then we'd have to invent sub-cubits for smaller measurements, and super-cubits for longer distances etc. A lot of work for very little practical benefit. We can use Cubit as a standard unit. A Cubit is 45 cm. The Ancients used the cubit for thousands of years, much longer than the use of metrics. Sub units of cubit is hands and super units of cubits are fathom 180 cm and miles 4 thousand cubits.
Asked in Math and Arithmetic, Units of Measure, Physics
Why do different countries use different ways to measure?
Different histories in different countries result in different ways to measure things. However, most countries use convenient measures like fingers, hands and feet. Most countries went through this phase. The French introduced the meter which was an earth based measure. The Egyptians were the best in that they introduced an earth time man based measure, the cubit. The cubit is related to the fingers, the hand , the feet , the mile (4000 cubits) and the speed of the earth rotation, 1000 cubits/second. The cubit is 1.5 feet or 45 cm. the royal cubit is 52.5 cm or .525m. The Egyptians also had convenient volume measures based on the foot; bushel (= cubic foot), gallon, pint, shot (jigger).
Asked in The Great Sphinx
What did Egyptians use that you still use to this day?