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What is the advantages of metric system over the English system?
May 18, 2010 12:18PM
The Metric System is based on the number 10. Many of the measurements within the metric system line up, for instance, a metric ton is the weight of a cubic meter of water. This makes the measurements more accurate, compared to a foot being the size of the kings foot. And because the metric system is based on ten, it is easy to use decimal's in measurements. The English system is designed to use fractions, which some find harder to work with.
While the above answer has some merit it should be noted that the answerer is obviously bias and pompous. There is no measurement system that uses a king's foot as a basis for anything. The measurement foot is as standard as the measurement meter is. In addition please note that fractions and decimals can be used in either system. Note also that it is ridiculous for a metric ton to always be equal to a cubic meter. Surely a cubic meter of bricks should not have the same weight as a cubic meter of feathers. Finally, while it is true that some people do find it easier to work with decimals, it is also true that some people enjoy being idiots. Base ten systems assume that we all count everything on our fingers and are not capable of abstraction. Frankly I find them offensive to people who have lost a finger.
I find the attached answer above "has some merit it should be noted that the answerer is obviously bias and pompous."
I'd like to correct a few details. Regarding the detail about using a king's foot as a measurement it actually has some reference, where tradition holds King Henry I (1100 - 1135) decreed that a yard should be "the distance from the tip of the King's nose to the end of his outstretched thumb".
Regarding the metric system and it's advantages - the system isn't "idiotic." In fact, despite it being a simple system with a base number of 10 and a few basic rules, it is a system which is faster to learn than the Imperial/English system therefore allowing education to not waste time learning about measurements and putting it towards better endeavors.
It's a system becoming more and more used as each day goes by and if you choose to ignore it I find that "idiotic." It's used extensively in foreign trade, science and technology just to name a few. Britain and further more the rest of Europe make up a predominant part of the trade industry and have chosen to convert to the metric system as have Australia, Canada and Mexico. It's a great initiative. Those choosing to remain with the 'Ye Olde' way of the imperial system are denying yourselves to become part of the modern age and the World and further more are ignorant.