Your Guide to Liquid Conversion
The metric system can be very confusing. Given the globalization, different languages, traditions, cultures have all mixed. One example of all this mixing can be the methods of measurement that the UK and US use, and the confusion they cause. Most countries around the world use the metric system. Americans use the older imperial system which is much more different from the metric system. This causes several problems for people, like some people saying they run 2-3 kilometers per day while someone else says they run a couple of miles. It is hard to compare when the measurement is done is in two different systems.
Even the UK uses the metric system, while the US uses the old imperial system which was originally made by the British and the Americans decided to keep using it after gaining independence from the British empire. So, fun fact, the imperial system is British by origin, yet the British do not know much about it.
What is the difference?
There are a lot of differences. You do not even want to get into this argument. However, to give you an idea, we will discuss multiple things which are different in both the systems. We use Fahrenheit for temperature, and we often hear how temperature will hit about a hundred degrees in Texas or California. If someone from the other part of the world was to hear this, he would think that this is the end of the world. The rest of the world uses Celsius, in which 100 degrees would be equal to about 212 degrees Fahrenheit. That shows just one of the differences between the two systems.
Another difference is in the distance measurements. In the US, we use miles to calculate distance, while the rest of the world uses kilometers and centimeters.
The measurement dilemma:
While the distance measurement is confusing, the measurement of liquids is something that can prove to be very tricky. The most commonly asked question in regards to this is how many ounces are in a gallon of water? This is the type of measurements that need to be explained in detail. What is the difference between milliliters and ounces? How much is a gallon compared to a liter of water? If you find all these things confusing, you are at the right place and once you are done reading this, you will have a grip on the measurement scales of both the systems!
Ounces and Gallons in Reference to Liters:
To understand, we will first understand that ounces are the measurement used in both the systems, but it amounts to a different quantity in both the systems, as well. We can see how much a liter of water will amount to in each of the two systems:
1) 1 liter is equal to 33.81 ounces and a gallon is equal to 3.78 liters, according to the US system.
2) 1 liter is equal to 35.19 ounces and a gallon is equal to 4.45 liters, according to the UK system.
This shows that the ounce in the UK system covers a larger quantity than the ounce in the US system.
So, how many ounces in a gallon?
This will obviously have two different answers. A gallon in the US system would have 128 ounces while a gallon, according to the UK system would have 160 ounces.
For your understanding, we have inserted a chart.
Ounces to gallon conversion chart:
Breaking it down:
For better understanding, we will break down the measurement a little more. This will help you answer questions like, “how many cups in a gallon” or “how many ounces in a quart” or more simply what is a quart?
So, according to the US measurement, a cup is equal to half a pint. This is further equal to one-fourth of a quart and that is equal to 8 ounces.
1 cup = ½ pint = ¼ quart = 8 ounces (oz) = 0.0625 gallon
2 cups = 1 pints = ½ quart = 16 oz = 0.125 gallon
4 cups = 2 pints = 1 quart = 32 oz = 0.25 gallon
8 cups = 4 pints = 2 quarts = 64 oz = 0.5 gallon
16 cups = 8 pints = 4 quarts = 128 oz = 1 gallon
So, the next time any asks you to convert 64 oz to a gallon, all you have to do is remember these figures.
There is also the dilemma of some substances that hardly seem like liquids. How do you measure them and is their way of measurement similar to this? One question that is quite often asked is how many ounces in a gallon of ice-cream?
This is slightly different from the one that we have done above. We calculate this with scoops, as there is a common understanding that each scoop has around 4 ounces, we start to multiply this with each scoop. Now, a gallon of ice-cream empties after 32 scoops, which when multiplied by 4 ounces equals 128 ounces. This shows while the smaller measurement might be different, the total amounts to the same as in other liquids which is 128 ounces, according to the US measurement scale.
Why is it important to know the difference?
It is ultimately crucial to know the difference between these things. It does not matter what profession you adopt; you need to measure items one way or another. Even if you do not work, measuring is important in day-to-day activities like, cooking, feeding your child, etc. That is why, although you do not need to get into details, it is ultimately essential to have a basic idea of the measurement scales.
We hope this helped in understanding the difficult measurement techniques around the world. Feel free to ask questions, if you want!