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So Pit monkeys has America slowly started to use the metric system or are they still using the imperial system?
#6
The metric system makes sense. I mean, sure it's arbritary as the next measurement system, but at least it seperates things into 'sensible' round numbers, e.g. 1000 grams in a kilogram. Ounces to pounds to stones doesn't really make any sense, where did they pull those numbers from in the first place.
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Even though we also invented the imperial system?
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#11
SI is where it's at.
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#12
i only use the metric system when im buyin bud
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Even though we also invented the imperial system?



I LOL'd hard
#15
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You mean you don't use google.......for political and moral reasons?

*badumtish*
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#16
It would cost too much money to convert. There are a lot people in non-technical positions in plants that would not understand the metric numbers easily. It would cost to change all the meters and equipment. It would cost to train people in the new system.
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It would cost too much money to convert. There are a lot people in non-technical positions in plants that would not understand the metric numbers easily. It would cost to change all the meters and equipment. It would cost to train people in the new system.

Other countries have went through the change and are better for it, no reason American has to be different.

EDIT: Also this
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#19
Quote by hsteve3
It would cost too much money to convert. There are a lot people in non-technical positions in plants that would not understand the metric numbers easily. It would cost to change all the meters and equipment. It would cost to train people in the new system.


i dont even know if what you say is accurate... but you convinced me...

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Other countries have went through the change and are better for it, no reason American has to be different.


how is a country better off switching to a new system? thats like saying we would be better off agreeing on the pronunciation of the word Tomato
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#20
Do you Americans use your obscure units of measurement when you do physic calculations too?


Or do you use the SI units, which are metric?
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#21
i really hope it changes eventhough it costs money, but we can start with little things, instead of saying in the internet:

My penis is 10 inches

you cans start chaning and say:

My penis is 30cm
#22
Quote by hsteve3
It would cost too much money to convert. There are a lot people in non-technical positions in plants that would not understand the metric numbers easily. It would cost to change all the meters and equipment. It would cost to train people in the new system.


Hey dude i work in the mining industry and we get a sh*t load of american equipment that still uses the imperial system. I am just saying we have to use both metric and imperial when we are fixing them.
#23
Quote by Toolshed#9
Do you Americans use your obscure units of measurement when you do physic calculations too?


Or do you use the SI units, which are metric?

I think they use imperial units in physics. I've seen it. It was horrible.
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#24
The thing that is confusing is the god damn imperial system with its damn stones and sticks and whatever... I find it shocking that a civilized country still uses it.

The metric system just makes more sense, you know. 1 meter = 100 centimeter (and centi means 1/100 in latin or something for you uneducated lot) and so on... Do you seriously use the imperial system when doing math and stuff as well?

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I think they use imperial units in physics. I've seen it. It was horrible.


WTF... It's not even supposed to work, the SI units were set for a reason
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#25
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You mean you don't use google.......for political and moral reasons?

*badumtish*



ummm........I actually google something i shouldnt have and i got banned from use it, I think i type in "What is the meaning of life?" and something bad happened.
#26
me and the metrics dont get along...
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#27
Quote by Toolshed#9
Do you Americans use your obscure units of measurement when you do physic calculations too?


Or do you use the SI units, which are metric?

If it's in imperial or whatever they will usually make us convert it. A lot of the basic rules and givens are in metric anyway so..
#28
Quote by Mr_Jubby_Jubs
I think they use imperial units in physics. I've seen it. It was horrible.


How does that even work with most formulas?
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#29
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How does that even work with most formulas?

Awkwardly, I'd wager.
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#30
I agree a standard would be easier. I was just stating the reasons it hasn't changed.

I'm an engineering student and we're mostly taught in metric. However, they do give a few problems in the english system so we know what the numbers are supposed to look like. The metric system is easy, but there are always difficulties when converting.

Think of all the pressure gauges and other equipment in our plants. There are millions of items. If I replaced broken pressure gauges with metric ones, then there would be a percentage of equipment that would have different readings that would make no sense to the maintenance workers and even engineers.
#31
'm in the US and I know that metric is better and they do teach it in the schools here. but as people have said is that equipment and stuff needs to be changed, and americans are stupid (if they don't know the metric system) and we don't really have a great economy over here right now...

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#32
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Think of all the pressure gauges and other equipment in our plants. There are millions of items. If I replaced broken pressure gauges with metric ones, then there would be a percentage of equipment that would have different readings that would make no sense to the maintenance workers and even engineers.

I'm assuming engineers aren't retarded and will convert the numbers instead of standing infront of this new magic system and scratching their heads like confused bonobo monkeys.
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#33
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You mean you don't use google.......for political and moral reasons?

*badumtish*



Oh no you didn't!
#34
We NEVER used the Imperial system in science, even in elementary school. I really don't understand why we don't make the switch, yeah it would be hard for some people to switch over but in the end it would be better in every way.
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#35
even basic physics doesn't work in metric very easily

speed[m/s]=distance[m]/time

speed[mph]=distance[yards]/time * 1/1760 * 3600

the second one makes so little sense in comparison!
As for the cost debate: America wastes literally millions of man hours of labour time every year on unit conversion and mistakes are made too. A huge multimillion dollar nasa telescope was launched in 5 different section only for it to be discovered the mirrors was misaligned due to an error in unit conversion. It cost millions of $ to fix and remains the most accurate mistake in history.
(the mirror was out by something like 1.000000000 inches)
#36
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i really hope it changes eventhough it costs money, but we can start with little things, instead of saying in the internet:

My penis is 10 inches

you cans start chaning and say:

My penis is 30cm


So using metric makes your penis grow 4.6 cm? Where can I sign up? Unless of course you managed to find a ruler that was only precise to every 10 inches and had to round up due to significant digits.
#37
even basic physics doesn't work in metric very easily

speed[m/s]=distance[m]/time

speed[mph]=distance[yards]/time * 1/1760 * 3600

the second one makes so little sense in comparison!
As for the cost debate: America wastes literally millions of man hours of labour time every year on unit conversion and mistakes are made too. A huge multimillion dollar nasa telescope was launched in 5 different section only for it to be discovered the mirrors was misaligned due to an error in unit conversion. It cost millions of $ to fix and remains the most accurate mistake in history.
(the mirror was out by something like 1.000000000 inches)

That's human error; i.e. an idiot couldn't grasp metric. Which is incredible, for someone working for Nasa.
#38
Quote by Kensai
I'm assuming engineers aren't retarded and will convert the numbers instead of standing infront of this new magic system and scratching their heads like confused bonobo monkeys.


Well based on what I know from the people at my school, Americans would probably do just that. (Although I get it, I still love monkeys)



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#39
Quote by Kensai
I'm assuming engineers aren't retarded and will convert the numbers instead of standing infront of this new magic system and scratching their heads like confused bonobo monkeys.



I don't bring my magic converter in the unit because it might start a fire. The intrinsically safe converter costs too much money. Due to the errors mentioned in conversion, I won't want to make those conversions in my head with the health of a million dollar compressor on the line.
#40
Quote by Mazzakazza
The metric system makes sense. I mean, sure it's arbritary as the next measurement system, but at least it seperates things into 'sensible' round numbers, e.g. 1000 grams in a kilogram. Ounces to pounds to stones doesn't really make any sense, where did they pull those numbers from in the first place.


Seems to be a common misconception among UKers. We don't actually use stones in America. I have never seen it used once in my life. I actually learned what a stone was because of a Brit complaining here on UG about how dumb america was for using stones.
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