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

    There doesn't appear to be a reason to adopt either of them outright. Just use whichever one works best for the situation.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    No we shouldn't.
    The m/d/y system we currently use is quicker and easier to say. 'July twenty-second twenty-thirteen' is quicker than 'the twenty-second of july twenty-thirteen'.
    Actually, we tend to just say 22 July.

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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.
    There's the problem. A sudden conversion would mean that everyone in the US would have to do the thing you are complaining about all the time when they do everyday things, such as drive or weigh themselves.

    A sudden and complete conversion will never happen. It's possible to phase it in, but that starts by making imperial to metric conversions a staple of a grade school education (not sure if it's there or not, but it wasn't when I went to school).

    I'm often surprised that people here don't know how to convert Imperial to metric and vice versa. It's surprising because you easily can figure out the ratios on your own, provided you know anything about the two scales (and all you have to do is look around a little bit in order to find out those things). With Kilometers and Miles, they can just look at their car's dashboard, it has both the km/h and m/h numbers on it in the US. Look right around 62 mph, and they should see a 100 and a line there. That's 100 km/h. From there they know there are about .62 miles in 1 km. Look at where the 100mph is, and they'll see a smaller 160 near it. That is, again, the km/h number that can be used for conversion (1.6 kilometers per mile).

    People don't need to told how to do things, nor do they need put much effort intoto look things up. Pretty much anyone should be able to figure out how to do the conversions if they actually try. They are exposed to them often enough that the effort involved would be minimal.

    But even with info readily available, people don't figure it out on their own. They won't put forth that effort on their own. some will, but most won't even consider it important enough to learn. That's why it has to be a school-based effort. It has to be an explicit effort to make children have an unconscious comprehension of various measurements. When they hear that something is a mile away, they have an unconscious idea how far that is without having to think about it because of how much they've been exposed to it. Make sure they have that same unconscious reaction when they hear something is a kilometer away, and they won't need to sit there converting things in their heads.

    People who can think in both systems don't have to dick around with conversions.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    Howdy,

    I was thinking, wouldn't it be better if the USA finally adopted the International System of Units?

    Because...

    So, what do you think?
    I think it sounds like someone here hates freedom.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    People who can think in both systems don't have to dick around with conversions.


    How about three units? Why does it have to be so complicated?

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

    The first question that comes to my mind is who will be paying for the conversion of all that machinery currently calibrated in inches and feet?
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Its metric here where I live but some things I still prefer in the old system.
    I am used to temperatures in Celsius but still comprehend Fahrenheit. The big one for me is MPG so much better than L/100KM is. If they did KM/L it would be better but I guess they didn't like the numbers that came up so someone thought of using the silly L/100KM which ill probably get fully used to by the time I die.
    I measure my height in feet/inches and weight in pounds, Though I use metric for most other measurements (ie buying potatoes at the store, distance to a destination etc)
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    Howdy,

    I was thinking, wouldn't it be better if the USA finally adopted the International System of Units?

    Because...



    So, what do you think?
    I don't care either way, anyone who wants to use either system is free to do so. The cost for forcing a change to metric would be astronomical, though.
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    Re: Should the USA adopt the International System of Units (SI)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    I don't care either way, anyone who wants to use either system is free to do so. The cost for forcing a change to metric would be astronomical, though.
    All those road signs, textbooks, measure tapes, etc., etc. must be made and installed by someone. Just think of the economic growth and job creation!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Canell View Post
    All those road signs, textbooks, measure tapes, etc., etc. must be made and installed by someone. Just think of the economic growth and job creation!
    I'm talking about individuals and small businesses that will have to replace thousands of dollars worth of tools. We already use both systems; I don't see why we can't continue to use both.
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