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Stupid question about converting pounds to stones.

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Humphriescushion Fri 11-Mar-16 07:10:05

Maths was never my strong point so I am struggling to understand this.

Finally lost a few pounds this week after weeks of trying. Scales says 137 pounds.

So since I prefer old money I wanted to convert into stones. The online weight convertor ( and i tried a few) says this is 9.785. Yippee I thought I am now 9 and a half stone! However quiclkly realised that this could not be the case since there are 14 pounds in a stone so is must be 9 stone 11! Not quite the same.

What's happening here? I think I am right but was disappointed not to be nine and half stone!

Obviously I can just stick to pounds in the future but was just wondering.

Are the using some decimal system and it is a proportion on ten?

BikeRunSki Fri 11-Mar-16 07:13:46

9.785 stone means 9 stone and 78.5% of s stone, not 9 st 7lb

Stones are not decimal.

FeelingSmurfy Fri 11-Mar-16 07:16:48

I generally do

137/14 =9.7857
9 x 14 = 126
137 - 126 = 11

9 stone 11 pound

Quick and easier though is typing pounds to stone in Google and getting a converter up. That's just the way I do it in my head

winchester1 Fri 11-Mar-16 07:20:33

You are right 9 stone 11lbs.

I'd so 137/14 = 9.785 so you know you are 9 stone something,

Then work out 9 x 14 = 126lbs

Then 137 -,126 to get the lbs bit of 11lbs

except my numbers are substantially higher so if my scales said 137lbs I'd change the battery smile

louisejxxx Fri 11-Mar-16 07:21:03

Stones aren't decimal so you are right in your thought that you are actually 9 stone 11lbs.

Humphriescushion Fri 11-Mar-16 07:24:12

Thats what I thought it might be Bike. I understand stones are not a decimal despite my rubbish maths.
I am just a bit bemused that a convertor would not give you result in stones and pounds. I will work it out in my head from now on, but I do like to see the numbers written down on my ipad for some reason.

Oh well onwards towards 9 st 7!

FeelingSmurfy Fri 11-Mar-16 16:24:53

Snap Winchester smile

EdithWeston Fri 11-Mar-16 16:39:51

"I am just a bit bemused that a convertor would not give you result in stones and pounds"

Some do. Try this one

Humphriescushion Fri 11-Mar-16 17:38:53

Oh thanks Edith.

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