18 January 2015
The Metric and the Customary systems are two of the most commonly used systems of measurements . In the United States we use the customary units which include feet, fahrenheit, pounds, and much more while the rest of the world uses the Metric system which includes meters, celsius, and liters. The United States, Myanmar, and Liberia are the only countries that do not use the metric system as the official system of measurement but instead uses the U.S Customary system. While the U.S system has its pros, such as being very precise, there are many reasons why the rest of the works do not use this system of measurement. The remaining countries that use the customary system of measurement should be using the Metric system of measurement as it is easier to convert and because most of the world is using it so there would be no need for conversions.
The Metric System, which most of the world uses has many things that make it better for
use than the U.S Customary system. One is that it is easier to breakdown, and convert. Metric units are easily converted because they are divisible by, and having factors of 10. This makes it so much easier to convert, and understand the units better. When using the U.S Customary unit of measurement, you have to know many formulas in order to convert which can be quite confusing. In article 2 it says”NASA has recently agreed to use metric systems over English
Systems of units. The Decision was made because the metric system offers a lot of convenience...” For example a centimeter is 1/100 of a meter and one meter is 1/1000 of a kilometer. Metric units are a lot easier to memorize converting, and way less of a hassle than memorizing so many conversions like 1 foot = 12 inches, 1 mile = 5280 feet, 1 pound = 16 ounces.
The U.S customary system is used only by 3 countries in the world. Article 2 says ...
Bibliography: 1. W. Harris, Why isnt the U.S. on the metric system?,2”
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