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Introduction The Metric system is the most used system of measurement in the world. Americans are not fairly up to date about. Some people believe that the whole world deals with miles, feet, and pounds. Yet, they are mistaken. The whole world deals with meters, grams, and liters. The United States is the only country that does not use the metric system. The metric system official name is the SI or International System of Units. The metric system is the official system of measurement of science. Everything in science is based on metrics. There was a law passed in 1975 by Congress for America to convert to a metric country like the rest of the world. Yet, it fell through and never came to be. In this paper I will explain the many facets of the metric system. How it came to be, how it works, its seven base units, its prefixes, and how to convert metric system units from one to another. History of measurement Throughout Time Measurement has been used in society since the time of Noah’s ark. Noah’s base unit was called the cubit. It was the distance from a man’s tip of his middle finger to his elbow. This was the most efficient because it could be used right away. The practice of using the body for measurement continued on. The foot was developed by using the man’s foot for measurement. While using the body for measurement the ancient societies found interesting things about the body. An inch was originally the width of a man’s thumb. They also uncovered some ratios that existed in the body. The inch was also the length from the tip of the forefinger to the begging of the joint. Twelve times that number was the foot. Three times the foot was the distance from the tip of the nose to the tip of the middle finger. This is the invention of the yard. Two yards equaled a fathom, which was the distance from the tip of the middle fingers from an outstretched ar...

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