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Metric System

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             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
             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 arm to ...

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