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# Metric System

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## Anita Neumann

on 3 July 2013

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#### Transcript of Metric System

USA
Germany
Metric System
America's opinion
Current Situation
Internationally:
-Relations
-Comparisons
Effort
History
Length
Weight
Volume
Temperature
"Note: At this time, only three countries - Burma, Liberia, and the US - have not adopted the International System of Units (SI, or metric system) as their official system of weights and measures. Although use of the metric system has been sanctioned by law in the US since 1866, it has been slow in displacing the American adaptation of the British Imperial System known as the US Customary System. The US is the only industrialized nation that does not mainly use the metric system in its commercial and standards activities, but there is increasing acceptance in science, medicine, government, and many sectors of industry."

At Schools
Sports
Science
Furthermore
Example of an American blogger
"Make the Metric system the standard in the United States, instead of the Imperial system."
49,914 Signatures

Why should we convert to using the Metric System? Because it's
superior
,
less

convoluted
- everything is ordered in units of tens, while the chaotic arrangement of the
Imperial System slows things down for us
- not only in terms of education, but also businesses, science, foreign relations, and daily life.
"Thankfully, the metric system has been taught in schools and this should continue. From my experience, however, it was only as a way to solve given problems. Physics was taught in the metric system, as was chemistry."
5K and 10K runs/races
The 100 meter dash
Athlete Achievements measured in SI (Decathlon)
Some changes are more complicated than others (Basketball)
French Revolution
November 1800
Electric Current
Time
Variety of measurements
John Wilkins
The proposal
"An acre is not an acre, a bushel not a bushel if you but travel ten miles. A pound is not a pound if you go from a goldsmith to a grocer, nor a gallon a gallon if you go from the alehouse to the tavern."
1870s
Signs
Teaching
Language
Problems
Enforce the SI
Teach population how to use it
Provide measuring instruments
Motivation
Enforcement
Equipment
Other:
Improvement of every day life
Avoids errors
Unification in 1871
Introduced under the leadership of Otto von Bismarck

Historical Context
German univeristies became world-class centers for science and humanities
Music and art flourished
"In the future, the metric system is likely to prevail as the one and only measurement system used throughout the world, and so those who do not use it or continue to use non-metric units will be left behind the global economy."
Source: the Homepage:
Source the Homepage
Source the homepage
Speedometers in our vehicles
A 1-liter (1,000ml) Nalgene bottle
2 liter soda bottles
Most food nutrition labels
Germany
Brazil
Australia
China
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