Although most Americans are sentimental towards the system they are most familiar with, there is no question objectively speaking, that the metric system is a vastly superior measurement system. The metric system is logically based on decimals that are easy to remember and calculate. In contrast, the current system in the United States is arbitrary with confusing numbers with no reason or pattern. Converting would be difficult for the current generation, but it would be beneficial in the long term.
We live in a globalized world. How can we compete for jobs in math and science when the rest of the world is using a different unit of measurement. We are taught it in school but if you don't use it you forget it. And as far as it being expensive to change all the signs it could be a bit of an economic booster
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I went to school in the US and overseas. It took three full classes for our engineering design professor to go over scaling in the US using different rulers and calculators. Overseas it was more like a 30 min topic, because anyone can divide any number by 10, 100, 1000 or even 1000000.
If you still disagree, take a stopwatch and divide 862497531 by 12 to convert from in to ft without using calculator. Now convert that exact number in meters to kilometers by dividing by 1000. Compare the numbers on your stopwatch and make the conclusion yourself.
The English Measurement System is hindering the USA. International trade is hurt by the English system and other countries not wanting to deal with it. It can cause massive issues in designs (for example the 1999 NASA Mars rover incident). Thomas Jefferson even tried implementing a system similar to the metric system back in 1786 but congress voted it down due to lack of support, if the metric system would have been around then he would have most likely gone with it. Let’s stop being stubborn and get with the times. The argument “we are The United States of America, let’s stay with the American system” is largely flawed because our system is actually the English measurement system, key word being ENGLISH as in England/ Britain/UK not American. Our system is actually defined by the metric system anyway so let’s get rid of the complex, problematic equations and go metric. Not to mention the metric system actually makes sense and is easier to understand because it is based off of increments of ten.
The metric system is in powers of tens. On the other hand, the English system has crazy things. For example , from the tip of the king' s nose to his fingers is a yard, his foot is 12 inches. It causes headache for everyone especially students. Cut it out America! This is ridiculous. Make learning easier for students.
People will have more gas for cars.In school ,kids can exceed with the the metric system in their own country.People from other countries can be with the metric system again instead of the imperial system.The metric system is easier because it is just moving the decimal place. Please Change
The arbitrariness of the imperial system is just plain annoying. 1.113cm is 11.13mm. You just move the decimal place around and you'll be just fine. Stop being babies, just start teaching metric in schools. All you have to do is put both measurements on everything but only teach metric in schools. The next generation will function on metric with out having the jar of switching from one to another.
The metric system is much more accurate. They have lost someone in space because the system that we use. If they used metric then we wouldn't have lost that person. Teaching two different measurements is very confusing. They tried it before why not try it again now. If they really enforce it, it will work this time.
First of all, America is already the laughing stock of the world, for many reasons. But this just makes it so much worse. Americans making stupid mistakes in conversion has caused thousands of people to die (see Tokyo Disney Space Mountain) and us to lose a lot of money (see 1999 NASA Mars orbiter crash). Plus by refusing to complete the national conversion to metric, America is saying that they are weak and unable to do something that literally everyone on the planet except 2 other (very small) countries have already done. Is that the message y'all wanna put out? Really?
And I will show you a happy carpenter. It is easier to do fractions with the Imperial/British/Standard system than it is with the Metric system.
The Imperial Standard is usually done by binary, even the 12 inch ruler; every inch is broken down into 1, 2 (1/2), 4 (1/4), 8 (1/8), and 16 (1/16) - some might even go so far as 32 (1/32). These are indicated by tic marks on rulers and measuring tapes, thereby simplifying or nullifying any math work needed. Also this makes for easier repeated measurements. What is 1/2 of 12? 6. What is 1/4 of 12? 3. What is 1/3 of 12? 4. What is 1/6 of 12? 2.
8 ounces is 1 cup. 2 cups (or 16 ounces) equal a pint. 2 pints (32 ounces) equals a quart. 4 quarts (128 ounces - note 2 quarts is 64 ounces) equals a gallon. Very simple binary, and also very easy to break down the measurements.
Now looking at Metric. Base 10. Yes it is easy to go from meter to kilometer, gram to kilogram, etc. But really, outside of math class not many people will be doing this.
What is 1/2 of 10? 5. What is 1/4 of 10? 2.5. What is 1/3 of 10? 3.333333333333333... Find me 3.33333333333(never ending 3's here btw) on a ruler. Impossible! So you would then have to round down to just 3.3 and your measurement is already off. What is 1/6 of 10? 1.6666666666666 (again and impossible measurement on a ruler), rounding to 1.67 throws your measurement off.
Yes, Metric in a base 10 makes for going from smaller units to larger units rather simple. But when you start trying to use Metric in everyday applications for measuring you are going to fall short every time.
The U.S. Should keep the customary system because there was an attempt to change it into the metric system in the 70's but it didn't work because people and citizens who lived in the United States already adapted to living with the customary system. Although the metric system is used by most of the countries in the world, there are three countries that don't use the metric system because first, it is hard to change because people already are used to using it. Second, it would be expensive to make new measurement rulers, measuring cups, and etc. The US SHOULD STAY WITH THE CUSTMOARY SYSTEM
Honestly converting to the metric system would be such a struggle because it would be costly to the US. We would need to rethink the entire way of living. Think about it gas would be sold in ounces, food produce would be sold by ounce in stead of pound. Our sports would have to change there rules its a hassle. Why would we risk in a economic crisis when we are still recovering from a recession.
Why go through all the money and time and great confusion to fix a problem that isn't actually a problem? The only people that balk about us using the system that we do are non-Americans. I hardly believe our country should be held to the whims of what other countries think we should be doing.
One of the main problems with converting the US to the metric system is the amount of money it would take to replace everything in this country that is based on Customary. Car's speedometers, speed limit signs, exit signs; all are in Customary measurement. It doesn't seem like it would take that much to replace signs, let's say $10 for one sign, insignificant. But imagine how much it would cost to replace EVERY SINGLE SIGN IN AMERICA! It would simply require too much money to be put into it and would have no money coming out.
The metric system is too specific, you have to get every little point right! I'm okay with centemeters but milometers? Kilometers? Why should we change to get every little point right? Scientists can be specific but it sounds silly when you say "I'm 300 kilometers away from the super market!" Changing to the metric is just plain silly.
I don't think we should convert because it will cause to much confusion, and why change what doesn't even need to be changed? There is no point in us changing to the metric system because we are all already used to the system we have. Also, America has bigger problems and quite frankly we don't have that much money for us to use for the change. The metric system is pointless, and the USA should stay unique and keep the method we have.
I believe we should not change. I think this because there are a lot of other problems in the world and it costs way too much to change. We should focus more on obesity, global warming, Nature deficit disorder, war, poaching, education, and many other things. Also it would be confusing for elderly.
The metric system is more than just 1 to 10.
What is the standard for vacuum? There are two, mm Hg and negative bar.
Weather pressures are measured in millibar and hectopascals.
There is no metric conversion for tapered threads.
All pipe sizes are in imperial.
Then there is the fact that most engineering is made up of imperial structures.
Carpet is rolled out on rolls 6 and 12 foot wide.
Pipes and flanges (and hence fasteners) are made in imperial sizes - that's it. Metric in Japan but no where else.
Most things are still imperial but have been soft metricated. They are still imperial sized, but have metric name. Ie, 80NB pipe. This is 3 inch NB, not 80 mm. 50 NB pipe is 2 inch not 50 mm.
I live in a country that so-called metricated almost 50 years ago, and we still pump our tires up in psi at the garage, call surf in ft, fly in planes at 30,000 ft, buy nuts and bolts at the hardware shop in imperial sizes.
Don't do it. You'll regret it as the proponents don't even know all the issues.
America has always been and always will be a country of individuals who like things the way they are. Metric is smaller. So therefore do you really think gas you are paying $3.50 a gallon will go down? NO we will be paying $3.50 a liter and companies will be making even more profit. This one aspect of daily life which is working perfectly. Leave it alone!