Metric system for USA

David

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sambling said:
I'm guessing you pay for petrol by the gallon over there instead of by the litre?

I don't think one system is any better than the other- they are both simple measurement systems which work. If Americans feel comfortable with the Imperial system they should stick with it. :)
What? I'm Australian, we use the Metric system. We pay by the litre...

The Imperial system has no simple logic, as shown in the diagram. Sure if you've grown up on that scale, the conversions may be easy now, but it need not be that convoluted. The Metric system is in powers of 10, it makes portioning a lot more easier and it makes scientific calculations simple for the majority of the world.
 

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David L said:
sambling said:
I'm guessing you pay for petrol by the gallon over there instead of by the litre?

I don't think one system is any better than the other- they are both simple measurement systems which work. If Americans feel comfortable with the Imperial system they should stick with it. :)
What? I'm Australian, we use the Metric system. We pay by the litre...

The Imperial system has no simple logic, as shown in the diagram. Sure if you've grown up on that scale, the conversions may be easy now, but it need not be that convoluted. The Metric system is in powers of 10, it makes portioning a lot more easier and it makes scientific calculations simple for the majority of the world.
Whoops! Thought you were as you are advocating American change. + Forums are always filled with Americans. I'm from NZ...
 

David

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Whoops! Thought you were as you are advocating American change. + Forums are always filled with Americans. I'm from NZ...
Not "advocating", rather raising points as to why USA still uses the Imperial system, and what makes it more superior. Why has the rest of the world changed, but USA hasn't. It seems a little stubborn, IMO, considering how effective the Metric system is.
 

The Reverend

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The UK is pretty messed up tbh, as far as measurements go. I for one, measure some things in imperial measurements, and some in metric. The whole country is pretty uch like that :lol:
 

The Reverend

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sambling said:
The Reverend said:
The UK is pretty messed up tbh, as far as measurements go. I for one, measure some things in imperial measurements, and some in metric. The whole country is pretty uch like that :lol:
What do you measure in imperial measurements? In NZ we always use the metric system... :D
We measure height and weight in feet and stones (respectively), and distance is done in miles on signs.
 

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David L said:
Dennis said:
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Why? Organising units in 10's, 100's and 1000's seems like an effective system.
Scientifically, yes, the metric system is superior. However, in every day life the imperial system is quite useful. Here's a link that shows some of the real-world advantages to the imperial system.
 

The Reverend

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JUst to back up my point about the UK being completed mixed up with both measurements: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_u ... ed_Kingdom

" Areas of land associated with farming, forestry and real estate are often advertised measured in acres, but for official government purposes the unit is always hectares. Office space and industrial units are often advertised in square feet, despite carpet and flooring products being sold in square metres. Steel pipe sizes are sold in increments of inches, while copper pipe is sold in increments of millimetres."
 

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David L said:
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-metric-system-standard-united-states-instead-imperial-system/FndsKXLh

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/ ... 7029_n.jpg

It seems like a fair few Americans would rather the Metric system over the Imperial system.

It's a bit ridiculous that USA and 2 other countries in the world still use the outdated Imperial system. Are there any Americans who can convince me that the Imperial system is superior to the Metric system?
As far as I can tell, the problem would be the transition. I think that K-12 education would have to start making students use both systems. Then, after a certain period make the switch in-full.

Currently, we aren't taught to use the metric system for everyday things.

Not sure if one system is better than the other.
 

The Reverend

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premiere said:
d L wrote:https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-metric-system-standard-united-states-instead-imperial-system/FndsKXLh

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/ ... 7029_n.jpg

It seems like a fair few Americans would rather the Metric system over the Imperial system.

It's a bit ridiculous that USA and 2 other countries in the world still use the outdated Imperial system. Are there any Americans who can convince me that the Imperial system is superior to the Metric system?


As far as I can tell, the problem would be the transition. I think that K-12 education would have to start making students use both systems. Then, after a certain period make the switch in-full.

Currently, we aren't taught to use the metric system for everyday things.

Not sure if one system is better than the other.
Imperial is 10x (lol, geddit?) better for everyday than metric IMO, thats why metric is only used in official stuff in the UK, I havent met many people who use metric units in everyday life.
 

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David L said:
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-metric-system-standard-united-states-instead-imperial-system/FndsKXLh

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/ ... 7029_n.jpg

It seems like a fair few Americans would rather the Metric system over the Imperial system.

It's a bit ridiculous that USA and 2 other countries in the world still use the outdated Imperial system. Are there any Americans who can convince me that the Imperial system is superior to the Metric system?
It may not be superior or inferior, its just what were used to using. I hope they don't switch over to the metric system. I'd be confused all the time. :p
 

The Reverend

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David L said:
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-metric-system-standard-united-states-instead-imperial-system/FndsKXLh

https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/ ... 7029_n.jpg

It seems like a fair few Americans would rather the Metric system over the Imperial system.

It's a bit ridiculous that USA and 2 other countries in the world still use the outdated Imperial system. Are there any Americans who can convince me that the Imperial system is superior to the Metric system?
Something is only outdated when people stop using it. Just because it is old doesnt make it outdated.