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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    I understand and agree but I'm not going to sugar-coat the process, either. People need to know what it is we'll be getting into by doing this and there will be a lot of mistakes while the old equipment - us humans - get used to it. I've seen more than one construction job screwed up when using meters instead of feet simply because the mistakes the construction guys would normally catch weren't being caught. That can't be the only industry where that kind of thing will happen.
    I think a 10 year conversion plan where both are clearly printed would suffice in making the transition. Just a case of not teahing the old way in school once the transition is made.

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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    Yeah, but when you say "I'm driving with 80 mph" or "I'm 6.5 feet high", I have to scratch my head and go looking for a converter.
    See how easy it is with units like watts and minutes? We both know what that is. Why can't it be like that for all units?
    Besides, decimal system is much easier than dozens and such.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    The thing I hate most of all is lbm. Some of you will know what I mean. Other than that, units that have meaning in every day life are better for every day life. Si is a much easier language to speak in science or engineering.

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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quag View Post
    there are advantages to each system. For instance in aviation altitude is usually in feet, this is because due to a unique coincidence 1 inch of mercury = 1000' altitude change (well thereabouts when at lower altitudes) Also for long distance (terrestrial) navigation a nautical mile has its advantages over a KM or regular mile.
    for most calculations metric works better. for most every day usage as in distances, weights, volumes it makes little difference but having more than one system makes about as much sense as having several different systems for the calendar. The judeo Christian calendar with this being the year 2013 is pretty much universal now but image if every country kept its own system it would promote confusion at no benefit to anyone
    I do wonder though .... many years ago someone whom I regarded as knowledgeable remarked that a base 12 system had certain advantages - 12 is more easily divisable. That many earlier cultures have used this kind of system is evidenced in lots of ways (time, the zodiac .... even that 11 & 12 don't end in "teen")

    I don't know that there are advantages - and certainly its easier to learn your ten times table than your 12 .... but is that only because those are the patterns we are most used to? Years ago I learnt that it was incredibly easy to learn other patterns up to quite large numbers - so maybe how we are taught is what shapes our mind into identifying what we believe is more simple/workable.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    If The People don't want it, it shouldn't be pushed on them. Free country, and all that.
    Yeah, I agree, but I think if the people actually were educated on it, they would understand the benefits. As of now, most Americans just see it as a foreign system, and their inherent "This is 'merica, and we speak 'merican!" attitude is holding them back.

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    I do wonder though .... many years ago someone whom I regarded as knowledgeable remarked that a base 12 system had certain advantages - 12 is more easily divisable. That many earlier cultures have used this kind of system is evidenced in lots of ways (time, the zodiac .... even that 11 & 12 don't end in "teen")

    I don't know that there are advantages - and certainly its easier to learn your ten times table than your 12 .... but is that only because those are the patterns we are most used to? Years ago I learnt that it was incredibly easy to learn other patterns up to quite large numbers - so maybe how we are taught is what shapes our mind into identifying what we believe is more simple/workable.
    Which base we pick is really rather arbitrary, it's only important we stick with one. Imperial uses many different bases for the units, there's no uniformity. SI fits in with base 10.

    I use other systems daily, like binary (base 2), and hexidecimal (base 16). You'd be surprised how well your brain can adjust.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Absolutely.

    We should have done that decades ago.

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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by marywollstonecraft View Post
    I do wonder though .... many years ago someone whom I regarded as knowledgeable remarked that a base 12 system had certain advantages - 12 is more easily divisable. That many earlier cultures have used this kind of system is evidenced in lots of ways (time, the zodiac .... even that 11 & 12 don't end in "teen")

    I don't know that there are advantages - and certainly its easier to learn your ten times table than your 12 .... but is that only because those are the patterns we are most used to? Years ago I learnt that it was incredibly easy to learn other patterns up to quite large numbers - so maybe how we are taught is what shapes our mind into identifying what we believe is more simple/workable.
    Imperial system isn't just based on 12 inches to the foot there is ounces/pound feet/yard feet/mile etc there is no standardization where metric is all the same base 10 very easy to learn
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    I have to disagree with that completely. Our "new" kitchen is 10 years old and I expect it to last another 15 years at least considering we bought good quality appliances. The average car is 10 years old, which means half of them are older than that. Tractors of all kinds are kept on and off the road for decades. Houses last decades if not over a century, though there have already been changes in that area from pre-WWII houses. Buildings last even longer, especially sky scrappers.


    And all that is before we even get into the fitment issues, having to change several things over at near the same time.
    Yes houses tend to last longer as to cars 10 years is average so yeah half are still around go to 12 and well your down to like 1/4 or something like that. Only a very small percentage last to 20 and beyond. AS to household appliances every single place we go they say to expect 7-8 years from them nowadays regardless of manufacturer it is planned fail. Simple everyday things get replaced all the time. heck around here most houses over 60 years old get torn down when a new owner moves in simply because the older houses are very small for the land they are on and new much larger houses get built. Still metric wont really affect this much as when you renovate you tend to pull out all the old crap and replace with new. If you don't touch that screw for 40 years then you rip it out and replace it what difference does it make if it is metric or imperial?

    The cost is not prohibitive as shown by every country that has switched over, if it was they would not have done it. In fact some sectors already use metric in the USA, it is just not in general widespread use.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChezC3 View Post
    I think a 10 year conversion plan where both are clearly printed would suffice in making the transition. Just a case of not teahing the old way in school once the transition is made.
    Not even close to enough time unless you want to spend a LOT of money.
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    Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Far too many have voted " no, we are fine" !!
    Oh ? Then we should be the world's most backward large nation ?
    Our present system , a mix, is a POS !
    It has become criminal to stick with it ..
    I think our people are smart enough ....I think...to upgrade and completely join the rest of the nations.
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