Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: 5-point

    • Join Date: Feb 2008
    • Posts: 269



    What does "5-point" mean in this context? I could not work it out by looking it up in the dictionary.

    Thanks for your help.

    This Professor is talking about how the asteroid belt was discovered.

    Professor: Yes, I divided all those numbers by 10 by putting in a decimal point. Now I'm gonna write the names of the planets under the numbers. Mercury...Venus...Earth,,, So, what do the numbers mean?

    Student: Is it the distance of the planets from the sun?

    Professor: Right, in astronomical units-not perfect, but tantalizingly close. The value for Mars is off by...6 or 7 percent or so. It's...but it's within 10 percent of the average distance to Mars from the Sun. But I kind of have to skip the one after Mars for now. Then Jupiter's right there at 5-point something, and then Saturn is about 10 astronomical units from the Sun. Um, well, this pattern is known as Bode's Law.

    • Join Date: Aug 2008
    • Posts: 2

    Re: 5-point

    In this context the professor is being general with their statement. By saying 5 point something, they really mean (5.?) as in, it could be 5.2 or 5.5 but they don't know the exact measurement so they say unspecifically 5 point something.

Similar Threads

  1. in/from my point of view?
    By nico in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 16-Dec-2007, 18:40
  2. the point to
    By navi tasan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 10-Jul-2007, 12:05
  3. in point of
    By nimsooze in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 13-Mar-2007, 22:10
  4. point card
    By Itasan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-Feb-2006, 06:33


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts